Allen Institute issues 8th-grade challenge for ‘smart’ computers

Paul Allen’s Institute for Artificial Intelligence wants to find out how well IBM’s “Jeopardy”-playing computer, “Watson,” holds up in a classroom. The Allen Institute for AI, or AI2, has issued a challenge to IBM and researchers everywhere to see if their smart computers can pass a multiple-choice, eighth-grade science quiz. AI2 has been building a machine-learning program in which a computer gains knowledge over time, then uses that information to gather context and answer science questions. The challenge comes with a big payoff. Teams of researchers, companies or individuals whose computers achieve the highest test score will receive $50,000, and runners-up will get $20,000 and $10,000 for second and third place. They have until February to complete the 2,500-question test. Most Read Stories “Kind of like a kid, we give…


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