Boosting reading comprehension ability key to AI’s future success

The AI system “Torobo-kun” uses robot arms to write out answers for a mock university entrance exam, in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on Nov. 14, 2016. (Mainichi) Researchers on an artificial intelligence (AI) system called “Torobo-kun,” which is being developed with an ultimate goal of passing the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo, Japan’s top university, gave up on the dream for now after studies led by the National Institute of Informatics (NII) hit a snag. While AI has been progressing rapidly, beating a former world Go champion and showing off other skills, the system is known to be poor in its reading comprehension ability that can lead to the right answer. A team of researchers from the NII and other entities have remodeled Torobo-kun by having it try out…


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