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Robotic AI Now Smart Enough to Take SAT

Robotic AI Now Smart Enough to Take SAT

By Allison Eck for PBS

A new software program might just be smarter than an 11th grader.

For the first time, an artificial intelligence program capable of seeing and reading has demonstrated the ability to answer geometry questions from the SAT that it had not previously encountered. Though machine vision is still in its infancy—even the most sophisticated AI programs struggle to comprehend the symbolic meaning of an arrow in the context of a diagram, for example—this most recent achievement is a major step for computer scientists.

The team, comprised of experts from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Washington reported the milestone yesterday in a paper presented at a conference in Lisbon, Portugal. They say that what distinguishes this program from its contemporaries is its capacity for abstract and common-sense reasoning. In this way, the software combines advanced perception (the focus of most AI research as of late) with the reasoning skills inherent in reading and understanding complete sentences.

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