Artificial Intelligence Meets Its Latest Nemesis: Eighth Grade Science Questions

Why do doctors recommend that people receive a flu vaccine every year? (A) Vaccines increase in strength over time. (B) Viruses tend to mutate from year to year. (C) Viruses tend to replicate more rapidly over time. (D) Vaccines are absorbed completely by the body after a year. Got the right answer? This is the kind of question that researchers plan to test on artificial intelligence in a new contest based on eighth-grade science knowledge. The Seattle-based Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) is launching the competition on Wednesday. It’s pretty simple: the one that answers the most questions right wins. “We think using science exam questions is a really interesting way to approach the AI problem, because there’s all kind of interesting common sense problems that come up… It’s…


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