A new working study published at the National Bureau of Economic Research concludes the iodization of salt in the United States in the early 1900s raised the I.Q. scores of some populations by as much as 15 points – a full standard deviation – in the span of just 10 years.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago recently IQ-tested an AI system to see how intelligent it really is. Results showed that it's about as smart as the average 4-year-old —with some important caveats. Indeed, some very, very important caveats.
Computers are good at a lot of things. Thinking like a grown-up human being is not one of them. Not yet, at least.
OK, you want to try it? Then watch the video above—the whole thing, preferably full-screen—before you read any further. Got it? Good. Let's see how smart you (maybe) are.
Do you ever feel like the rest of the world is so dumb? And it's not that you're especially smart, it's just that people are just so dumb. Do they enjoy being dumb? Have they ever thought about being smart? Of course not! Because being dumb is fun. Being dumb means you don't have to be self aware anymore. Being dumb…
Every ten years, the average IQ goes up by about 3 points. Psychologist James Flynn has spent decades documenting this odd fact, which was eventually dubbed the Flynn Effect. The question is, does the Flynn Effect mean we're getting smarter? Not according to Flynn, who argues that the effect simply reveals that IQ…
Don't get too excited just yet. Sure, you may have an IQ on par with a musical, artistic, or chess-playing wunderkind — but that actually says a lot more about the mind of the prodigy than it does your own.
To date, geneticists have identified plenty of genetic markers that are correlated with intelligence. Taken individually, however, these account for a paltry 1% of the variation in IQ scores. But now, an international team of scientists has identified a set of genes that appear to amplify each other's effects —…
Computers will never be able to subjugate the human race with their current level of intellect. Thankfully, a team of Swedish researchers have developed an AI with an IQ of 150.
Ah, the intelligence quotient—the number everyone pretends not to care about but secretly does. For years, we've assumed that a person's IQ score—commonly used to assess one's general intellectual capacity and make predictions on everything from educational achievement to employment prospects—remained relatively…
Here's a report that'll raise the hackles of some Motorola employees. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google employees are better fed at work, make more money and are smarter than their Motorola colleagues.
A widely circulated report that showed Internet Explorer users as having lower IQs than people who use other browsers turned out to be fake. I mean, come on, it's a little too convenient, right? Dumb people and dumb software!
When Toyota gave the iQ, their tiny new four-seater, the tagline "nimble as a mouse," they were probably referring to the cheese-loving rodent. But just to cover all the bases, they turned one into a giant, functioning computer mouse, too.
You can tell any kind of story using science fictional ideas, from alien invasion to small personal transformations. But somehow, whenever you mix science fiction and romantic comedy, you create a pungent ooze that eats away at the eyeballs of everybody in the audience. What with it being Valentine's Day and all,…
I've been waiting to buy a piano for years, but something's always been missing. Sure, they're timeless, classy instruments, but I require some tacky fad to be attached to anything I own. Something like an… iPod dock?