AIs go up against animals in an epic competition to test intelligence

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2197791-ais-go-up-against-animals-in-an-epic-competition-to-test-intelligence/

An African grey parrot

Can AIs succeed at versions of tests that African grey parrots ace?

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Some artificial intelligences can perform tasks with superhuman ability, but just how clever are they overall? As smart as a honeybee? A Labrador? Or a chimp? A competition called the Animal-AI Olympics will pit AIs against tests normally used to study animal intelligence.

From April, AIs will battle it out in a virtual playground for a $10,000 prize pool. All the tasks involve retrieving a piece of food, but the skills needed to succeed vary in complexity. This mimics real-life …