The Best AI Program Still Flunks an Eighth-Grade Science Test

The Best AI Program Still Flunks an Eighth-Grade Science Test A contest designed to push the limits of artificial intelligence suggests that truly intelligent machines are a long way off. For all the remarkable progress being made in artificial intelligence, and warnings about the upheaval this might bring, the smartest computer would still struggle to make it through the eighth grade. A contest organized by researchers at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), invited programmers to create a program capable of taking a modified version of a conventional eighth-grade science test. The results of the competition were announced Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). The winner, a contestant based in Israel called Chaim Linhart, combined several established machine-learning techniques with…


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