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A Common-Sense Test for AI Could Lead to Smarter Machines

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AI with common sense could mean big things for humans, for example, better customer service, better performance in autonomous cars, and better military decisions about life and death.

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Today's artificial intelligence (AI) systems are quickly evolving to become humans' new best friend. We now have AIs that can craft award-winning whiskey, write poetry, and help doctors perform extremely precise surgical operations.

But one thing they cannot do—which is, on the surface, far simpler than all those other things—is use common sense. Common sense is different from intelligence in that it is usually something innate and natural to humans that helps them navigate daily life; it cannot really be taught.

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