it was chess. Then it was Go. Now it’s basic reading
robots are coming.
artificial intelligence programs created by Chinese
e-commerce company Alibaba and Microsoft beat humans on
a Stanford University reading comprehension test.
took the honor as the creator of the first program to
ever beat a human in a reading comprehension test,
scoring 82.44 percent and narrowly edging past the human’s
different program built by Microsoft scored higher than
Alibaba’s at 82.605 percent. Microsoft’s took the
same test as Alibaba’s but was finalized a day later,
according to Bloomberg.
test known as Stanford Question Answering Dataset, or
SQuAD for short, asks the contestants — human and
robot — to answer provide exact answers to more than
100,000 questions drawn from more than 500 Wikipedia
articles. The test is designed to see if artificial
intelligence can process large amounts of information
before fully comprehending it and offering precise
of the Wikipedia articles where questions were drawn
from covered a wide range, from Super Bowl 50
("Where did Super Bowl 50 take place?" Answer:
Santa Clara, Calif.) to "Doctor Who"
("What planet is Doctor Who from?" Answer:
kinds of tests are certainly useful benchmarks for how
far along the AI journey we may be," Microsoft
spokesman Andrew Pickup told CNN. "However, the
real benefit of AI is when it is used in harmony with
technology companies in the United States and China have
invested billions of dollars in artificial intelligence
to gain a foothold in what may be the next technological
frontier. The Chinese government has outlined a plan to
create a $150 billion AI industry by 2030 in partnership
with private companies such as Alibaba and Tencent.
in December announced its "AI on Earth"
project to help the planet become more environmentally
sustainable using its in-house AI infrastructure. The
company will invest $50 million for the next five years,
according to Microsoft CEO Brad Smith.
AI’s comprehension skills now arguably better than a
human being, Alibaba’s chief data scientist said, the
breakthrough will be applied to helping human customers.
technology underneath can be gradually applied to
numerous applications such as customer service, museum
tutorials and online responses to medical inquiries from
patients, decreasing the need for human input in an
unprecedented way," Luo Si, chief scientist for
natural language processing at Alibaba’s Institute of
Data Science of Technologies, told Bloomberg.