AGI Index

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:

  1. Passive Consumption: Screentime includes periods of passive consumption, such as watching videos, which do not necessarily require intelligent interaction.
  2. Multi-Tasking: Users often multitask on their devices, skewing screentime data.
  3. Inclusion of Non-Intelligent Activities: Not all activities that contribute to screentime require intelligent interaction, such as scrolling through a feed.

Why Clicks/Taps?

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.

  1. Active Engagement: Clicks/taps signify active user engagement, requiring a decision at each action point.
  2. Task Completion: Each click/tap often corresponds to a micro-task, be it sending an email, booking an appointment, or making a purchase.
  3. 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:

Data Collection

  1. Task Identification: List all the tasks you intend to complete in a day.
  2. Click/Tap Count: Use a click counter app or manual tracking to record the number of clicks/taps needed for each task.
  3. 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.

Author: John Rector

John Rector is an AI Futurist who predicted the next word in business™, starting with his notable paper from 2015, "Mommy, What's a Cashier?" Drawing upon 40 years of experience in the practical applications of high technology, he assists clients in converting uncertainty into strategic advantages within a one-to-six-year framework. With leadership roles including IBM executive and co-founder of e2open, he has a diverse and impactful background. In the AI sector, he has set benchmarks through his contributions to Mind Media Group and Florrol, pioneering AI-based services and content generation. His investment initiative, Waterway Ventures, is committed to advancing promising AI startups. His creative ventures include founding Bodaro and graphic design studio Palm ❤️. In education, he has launched Nextyrn, which uses AI for personalized learning experiences, and in art, he leads Potyn, an initiative using AI to create bespoke pieces. His ever-expanding portfolio features companies like Nozeus, Infinia, Blacc Ink, and Maibly. Operating from Charleston, SC, his current focus involves partnering with individuals and enterprises to develop innovative business models and processes for the rapidly approaching age of AGI.

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