Cornell study: Google AI boasts much higher IQ than Apple’s Siri

“Compared to Bing and Siri, Google’s artificial intelligent system is a cut above the competition, according to new research at Cornell University,” Paul Lilly reports for HotHardware.

“Researchers Feng Liu, Yong Shi, and Ying Liu set out to test and rank the intelligence quotient (IQ) of various natural and artificial intelligent systems, including humans, Google, Bing, Baidu, and Siri. Based on the tests conducted, Google’s AI has an IQ of 47.28,” Lilly reports. “That ranks just below a six-year child with an IQ of 55.5, but is twice as high as Siri with an IQ of 23.9. It’s also higher than Bing (31.98) and Baidu (32.92).”

Lilly reports, “‘Although this work is still in progress, the results so far indicate that the artificial-intelligence systems produced by Google, Baidu, and others have significantly improved over the past two years but still have certain gaps as compared with even a six-year-old child,'” the researchers wrote in a paper published on ArXiv.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, as we wrote earlier today, Apple’s dedication to privacy hamstrings Siri. Google et al. have no such issue. To them, users’ privacy is to be trampled.

It’s not at all apparent that the general public values their privacy enough or even knows that Apple’s privacy is paramount, but the average Joe/Jane does seem to regard Siri as not too bright, putting into question whether Apple’s commitment to privacy will every really pay off; i.e. translate to increased product sales.

Apple product users seem to value their privacy. Non-Apple product users, by definition, do not value their privacy (or they’d be Apple product users).

So, what’s the inflection point? Do Google and the others need to have an Equifax event befall it for their product users to wake up? Would they even wake up if Google etc. did have a cataclysmic breach? We have our doubts.

Siri, why have you fallen behind other digital assistants? – October 5, 2017

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “TJ” for the heads up.]


  1. Apple has no choice if they want be relevant down the line..
    They either have to compromise their mantra or find a way around it to amass huge amounts of data , develop the proper Analytics and Algorithms…. and try to CATCH UP BIG TIME!

    The present difference in AI is not acceptable or even an option! Imo
    It’s a path to oblivion….

  2. I think a big part of the problem isn’t Siri by itself but hardware and software issues. A large proportion of my “Hey Siri” commands through my Apple Watch leave me hanging with “Hold on. I’ll tap you when I’m ready.” Commands that used to work nearly 100% of the time, like starting a workout or timer, are now a 50/50 coin toss. Doing it manually is less frustrating.

  3. For many years, while driving, I would ask Siri to “Read me my stock list.” and she would read aloud my stock list from the stocks app.
    About a year and a half ago she stopped responding by reading it aloud and instead only displayed the information. She stopped understanding the difference between “show me” and “read me”.
    Complaining to Apple eventually brought me into contact with an Apple engineer, so I hoped the problem would soon be solved.
    The solution now involves asking Siri two questions.
    “Read me my stock list” (She displays it) followed by “Read it to me.” (She reads it aloud)
    Not very encouraging.

  4. “…the average Joe/Jane does seem to regard Siri as not too bright, putting into question whether Apple’s commitment to privacy will every really pay off; i.e. translate to increased product sales.”

    Apple should safeguard their customers’ privacy because it’s the right thing to do, not because they hope to make more money by doing so.

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