It is suggested that the acid test for AI - indeed, for it to qualify as AGI - is that it should start generating New Science: hitherto unknown but recognisably scientific advances that can be tested against the usual criteria for such things. We read that 'ordinary' 2023-vintage AI has been used in developing a wholly new antibiotic for use against Acinetobacter baumannii, a nasty strain of superbug. OK, and all power to the team that achieved this: but it's not quite an AI achievement per se: we're still in "useful software" territory. Couldn't have been done without software? Well, neither could much of what I've been doing today by way of working from home.So - I'd like to propose a test. To my mind, one of the weirdest "non developments" of the past 100 years has been the complete failure of bio-chemical science to come up with artificial blood. Surely, that would be up there with genuinely efficient large-scale storage of electricity** - crack that, and you can have your university re-named after yourself. "Being a big help with finding antibiotics" is great. Devising artificial blood - there's the real test. Go for it, Mr A(G)I.
Any other tests that readers would like to suggest?
** Yes, of course I know that it's never really electricity that gets stored, it's electricity-into-something-else-&-back-into-electricity-again-later.