Mark Zuckerberg Asks, ‘Can We Teach AI to Read Alice in Wonderland?’

After beating the ancient game Go last month, Facebook’s artificial intelligence team continues to set its own bar higher and higher: On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg (who’s currently hard at work on his own, personal-assistant A.I.) announced that his researchers are teaching A.I. to predict missing words in children’s stories. “Can we teach A.I. to read Alice in Wonderland?,” Zuckerberg asked in this Facebook post. This A.I. is trained to predict how to fill in the gaps in incomplete sentences, but it would be able to do much than just —— in —— blanks. Computers have had this capacity in juvenile form for a while now, Zuck explains. They’ve been capable of predicting “simple words like ’on’ or ’at’ and verbs like ’run’ or ’eat,’” but when it comes nouns, these…


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