The AI-MO Prize aims to accelerate the development of AI models capable of reasoning mathematically and winning gold medals in the International Mathematical Olympiad.
XTX Markets, a leading financial technology firm, has announced the launch of the Artificial Intelligence Mathematical Olympiad Prize (AI-MO Prize), a $10 million challenge fund designed to incentivize the creation of a publicly-shared AI model capable of achieving a gold medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The grand prize of $5 million will be awarded to the first AI model to enter an AI-MO approved competition and perform at a level equivalent to a gold medal in the prestigious high school math competition. The AI-MO Prize aims to push the boundaries of AI capabilities beyond language models and pave the way for new breakthroughs in mathematical reasoning.
The Significance of the International Mathematical Olympiad
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is a highly regarded competition that showcases the exceptional mathematical abilities of high school students from around the world. A gold medal in the IMO is not only a testament to outstanding performance but also serves as an indicator of future achievement. In fact, half of all Fields Medallists, the highest honor in mathematics, have participated in the IMO during their youth. The AI-MO Prize seeks to build on this tradition and accelerate progress in the field of AI by challenging AI models to reason mathematically and match the cognitive functions of human beings.
The Challenge of AI in Advanced Mathematical Problem Solving
While AI has made significant advancements in various fields, solving advanced mathematical problems remains an intricate and multifaceted challenge. Terence Tao, a Fields Medallist from UCLA, emphasizes the importance of experimenting with multiple approaches to this goal and benchmarking their performance. The AI-MO Prize aims to provide a set of benchmarks that will facilitate the comparison of different AI problem-solving strategies and make the progress accessible and appealing to the broader public.
The Role of the AI-MO Advisory Committee
To ensure the integrity and credibility of the AI-MO Prize, an AI-MO Advisory Committee comprising mathematicians, AI and machine learning experts, and experienced Olympiad problem-setters will be appointed. This committee will design the prizes and oversee the competition, ensuring that the AI models are rigorously tested against the standards set by the IMO.
Progress Prizes and Future Competitions
In addition to the grand prize of $5 million, the AI-MO Prize will also award a series of progress prizes, totaling up to $5 million, to publicly-shared AI models that achieve key milestones towards the ultimate goal of winning a gold medal in the IMO. The first AI-MO approved competitions will open to participants in early 2024, with a presentation of progress scheduled for the 65th IMO in Bath, England in July 2024. Further details regarding competition rules and entry criteria will be released in due course.
The Challenge of Mimicking Creative Mathematicians
Geoff Smith, Former President of the International Mathematical Olympiad and AI-MO Prize Advisory Committee Member, highlights the demanding task of mimicking a creative mathematician as they engage in abstract reasoning. While AI systems have shown remarkable progress in mimicking human interactions, the AI-MO Prize seeks to measure their capabilities against the best young mathematical minds. The global IMO community is excited to support this competition and witness the advancements in AI models’ mathematical reasoning abilities.
XTX Markets’ Philanthropic Vision
XTX Markets, the driving force behind the AI-MO Prize, is committed to making financial markets fairer and more efficient. Their corporate philanthropy focuses on STEM education and maximum impact giving, with over £100 million donated to charities and good causes since 2017. By launching the AI-MO Prize, XTX Markets aims to collaborate with mathematicians, scientists, and technologists to develop AI models capable of mathematical reasoning and push the boundaries of AI capabilities.
The AI-MO Prize represents an exciting opportunity to accelerate the development of AI models capable of reasoning mathematically and achieving gold medals in the International Mathematical Olympiad. By providing benchmarks and incentives, this $10 million challenge fund aims to push the boundaries of AI capabilities beyond language models and pave the way for new breakthroughs in mathematical reasoning. As the first AI-MO approved competitions open in 2024, the world eagerly awaits the moment when AI will match the world’s brightest young minds in the field of mathematics.