Meet the computer that could pass high school geometry

Some top Silicon Valley executives and a members of the public at-large fear that super-intelligent computers will someday use their smarts to take over humanity. Current technology is far too rudimentary for such a sci-fi reality, but it is making slow progress. On Monday, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence—a research organization funded by Microsoft MSFT co-founder Paul Allen—said that it has built an artificial intelligence system capable of answering geometry questions nearly as well as the average high school student taking an SAT test. The system, called GeoS, correctly answered 49% of the questions it was given, according to a research paper published Monday. “If these results were extrapolated to the entire Math SAT test, the computer roughly achieved an SAT score of 500 (out of 800), the average…


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