Can Your Software Ace An 8th Grade Science Test? Paul Allen’s Institute Wants To Know

There are many computer scientists these days trying to create machines that can make connections the way human brains do; but it is not an easy task. Now the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is sponsoring a contest to see whose software can best answer 8th grade science questions.  Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started the institute last year with a mission to harness artificial intelligence for the “common good” – for example, putting machines to use to find a cure for cancer or a solution to climate change. But the institute’s chief executive, Oren Etzioni, says first it is necessary to get a baseline understanding of the state of progress in artificial intelligence right now. So that is why his institute is sponsoring the science challenge. Etzioni would like to…


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