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Stanford Reading Robots Beat Humans on Comprehension Test

Stanford Reading Robots Beat Humans on Comprehension Test
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A Stanford reading test can be understood by robots just as well as humans, and in fact for the first time Alibaba and Microsoft artificial intelligence machines edged out living and breathing beings in the comprehension quiz.

The test was created by Stanford AI experts to measure computers' growing reading abilities, CNN reported, and Alibaba's software was the first to beat the human score.

Bloomberg reported that Microsoft’s computer did even better the next day.

Alibaba Group Holding asked its AI computer to give answers to more than 100,000 questions in a test considered one of the world's most authoritative machine-testing measures.

The company's Institute of Data Science Technologies computer scored 82.44, beating the 82.304 score that humans have scored on the test, Bloomberg said, and then Microsoft's computer scored an 82.650.

"That means objective questions such as 'what causes rain' can now be answered with high accuracy by machines," said Luo Si, chief scientist for natural language processing at the Alibaba institute, per Bloomberg.

"The technology underneath can be gradually applied to numerous applications such as customer service, museum tutorials and online responses to medical inquiries from patients, decreasing the need for human input in an unprecedented way."

Stanford researcher Pranav Rajpurkar, who helped develop the reading test, called Alibaba's feat "a great start to 2018" for artificial intelligence on social media.

The Financial Times reported the computer victories by Microsoft and Alibaba illustrated the continued "AI arms race" between the United States and China.

Artificial intelligence is seen as the world's next industrial revolution with China and U.S. researchers competing to create a $150 billion industry, Financial Times said, and AI is already playing prominently in everything from driverless cars to customizing newsfeeds on social media sites.

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