(Proposal) Introducing the AI Spectrum (AIS): A Framework for Categorizing AGI Development


In the rapidly evolving field of AI, understanding and communicating about AGI’s progression is crucial. As an AI enthusiast, I propose the “AI Spectrum” (AIS), a straightforward framework to categorize AGI, designed to be clear for everyone while detailed enough for expert analysis.

The AI Spectrum (AIS) Explained with Examples

AIS Basic Levels with Examples

  • AIS-1: Specialized systems excelling in narrow tasks.
    • Example: A language translation AI that can accurately translate text between specific languages but cannot perform tasks outside this domain.
  • AIS-2: Advanced adaptive systems capable of learning and adapting within specialized fields.
    • Example: An AI-powered medical diagnostic tool that improves its diagnostic accuracy over time by learning from new patient data.
  • AIS-3: Systems with generalized intelligence across multiple domains.
    • Example: An AI that can not only play chess at a high level but also write coherent essays and perform basic coding tasks.
  • AIS-4: Self-aware AI, understanding abstract concepts.
    • Example: An AI that can participate in philosophical discussions, understand and critique art, and exhibit awareness of its learning process and limitations.
  • AIS-5: Superintelligent AI, ethically aligned, and integrated into society.
    • Example: An AI system that can devise solutions to complex global challenges like climate change, while ethically navigating human societal norms.

AIS Detailed Sub-Levels (For Expert Analysis)

  • Sub-Levels (e.g., AIS-1.0 to AIS-1.9): Provide granularity within each main level to indicate specific capabilities and sophistication.

Additional Components

  • Alignment (A): The degree to which the AI’s goals and actions are aligned with human values and interests.
  • Ethical Design (E): The extent to which the AI is designed with ethical considerations such as fairness, safety, and rights.
  • Social Impact (S): The impact of the AI on societal structures, culture, and human interactions.
  • Transparency (T): The clarity and openness of the AI’s decision-making processes and data usage.
  • Autonomy (AU): The level of independence of the AI from human oversight and control.

Example of Expanded Notation for Experts

  • AIS 3.5 (A3, E4, S3, T4, AU2): Represents an AI with advanced generalized intelligence (3.5), moderate alignment with human values (A3), high ethical standards (E4), moderate social impact (S3), high transparency (T4), and some level of autonomy (AU2).
    • Aside: This detailed categorization is crucial for researchers, policymakers, and ethicists to assess the AI’s development comprehensively.

Why a New Framework?

  • Clarity and Accessibility: The AIS is designed for easy understanding while retaining necessary detail for expert analysis.
  • Ethical and Societal Consideration: Including additional components ensures holistic discussions about AGI’s development, ethical alignment, and societal impact.
  • Dynamic and Adaptable: The AIS is flexible, evolving with AI advancements.

Implementation and Community Involvement

  • Collaboration and Feedback: This framework is open for refinement with input from the AI community, including experts, ethicists, and enthusiasts.
  • Evolving with Contributions: I encourage the community to contribute to the development of this framework, ensuring it accurately represents AI’s complexities and advancements.

The AI Spectrum (AIS) is proposed as a tool for better understanding AGI’s development stages. As we continue to witness advancements in AI, frameworks like AIS can guide our understanding and shape the conversation about integrating AI into society. Your insights and feedback are invaluable in enriching this proposal.