Calculating the AGI Index: Why Clicks/Taps Are the True Measure
Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is often hailed as the future of technology, promising a world where machines are capable of human-like cognitive functions. While we are still a few years away from achieving true AGI, it is crucial to develop a metric to gauge our progress toward this goal. One such measure is the AGI Index, which can be calculated based on the number of clicks or taps an average smartphone user performs daily. This article argues that clicks/taps are a more accurate indicator of AGI progress than screentime and proposes a methodology for calculating the AGI Index.
Why Not Screentime?
Screentime is frequently used as a measure of digital engagement, but it falls short as an AGI indicator for several reasons:
- Passive Consumption: Screentime includes periods of passive consumption, such as watching videos, which do not necessarily require intelligent interaction.
- Multi-Tasking: Users often multitask on their devices, skewing screentime data.
- Inclusion of Non-Intelligent Activities: Not all activities that contribute to screentime require intelligent interaction, such as scrolling through a feed.
The number of clicks/taps provides a more accurate representation of how much manual interaction is required to accomplish tasks. As AGI improves, this number should theoretically approach zero, marking a world where intelligent systems carry out tasks without human intervention.
- Active Engagement: Clicks/taps signify active user engagement, requiring a decision at each action point.
- Task Completion: Each click/tap often corresponds to a micro-task, be it sending an email, booking an appointment, or making a purchase.
- Universal Measure: Clicks/taps are a universal measure, applicable across apps and platforms.
Calculating the AGI Index
The AGI Index can be calculated using the following formula:
- Task Identification: List all the tasks you intend to complete in a day.
- Click/Tap Count: Use a click counter app or manual tracking to record the number of clicks/taps needed for each task.
- Task Completion: Record the number of tasks completed at the end of the day.
- High AGI Index: Indicates a higher number of manual interactions, signaling lesser AGI capability.
- Low AGI Index: Indicates fewer manual interactions, signaling greater AGI capability.
The AGI Index, calculated based on the daily clicks/taps, provides a more accurate and insightful measure of AGI progress than screentime. As we inch closer to achieving AGI, the AGI Index should trend toward zero, heralding a new era where tasks are completed without the need for human intervention.