AI can now muddle its way through the math SAT about as well as you can

The system got a score of 500 out of 800 on the math section questions. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Artificial Intelligence is kind of a scary concept, probably because we know that a robot smarter than us would run the numbers and be like “Humanity? Nah.” [Apple co-founder on artificial intelligence: ‘The future is scary and very bad for people’] But the race to create an autonomous, intelligent computer is still ongoing. The latest potential step forward comes from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) in collaboration with the University of Washington, where an AI system has gotten a fairly average score (for a high schooler) on the math section of the SAT — 500 points out of 800. That’s about 49 percent accuracy, and comes quite close to the high school senior…


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