Iron Man’s AI assistant Jarvis was a significant part of Tony Stark’s character. A scientist in China has now created an AI entity that resembles Jarvis in terms of its intellect and emotional capabilities. However, unlike the MCU’s Jarvis, this AI entity takes after the personality of a young girl and is named Tong Tong, or Little Girl.
At the Frontiers of General Artificial Intelligence Technology Exhibition, which was held in Beijing, a new AI-powered assistant named Tong Tong was introduced to the public. Developed by the Beijing Institute for General Artificial Intelligence (BIGAI), Tong Tong displayed advanced capabilities that set her apart from traditional language models in AI. The name is Tong Tong translates to Little Girl in English.
According to a report by the South China Morning Post, Tong Tong can assign tasks to herself independently. During the exhibition, she demonstrated problem-solving skills such as fixing a crooked picture frame, reaching high places using a stool, and cleaning up spilled milk. Her unique ability to interpret human intentions and perform tasks autonomously is what makes her special.
Tong Tong is an AI entity that has been designed to learn autonomously and is believed to possess emotions such as joy, anger, and sorrow. She has a mind of her own and is striving to understand common sense taught by humans, discerning right from wrong, expressing attitudes in various situations, and has the power to shape the future.
In terms of general artificial intelligence standards, Tong Tong’s characteristics align with those of a three or four-year-old child. She can continuously enhance her skills, knowledge, and values through exploration and human interaction.
The ultimate goal is to create AI entities that possess physical and social common sense similar to humans and are capable of comprehending the real world while also defining new tasks autonomously.
The director of BIGAI, Zhu Songchun, who is a well-known expert in the field of AI, emphasized the importance of developing artificial intelligence that can perform a variety of skills and understand the real world. The exhibition showcased the Tong Test, which is a thorough AI assessment tool created by Zhu’s team. It evaluates five dimensions of AI: vision, language, cognition, emotion, and learning.
The Tong Test incorporates a value system encompassing physiological, survival, emotional, and social values, providing a complete testing regime for the development of general artificial intelligence.
Zhu emphasized that the Tong Test’s focus on practical abilities and values aims to guide general AI in learning and improving capabilities more effectively and safely, ensuring it serves human society better. The development of Tong Tong and the Tong Test signifies a significant step forward in the pursuit of AI that can seamlessly integrate into human environments.