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Researchers: AI program smart enough to enter 80% of private Japanese universities

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Posted in Software on 10th Nov, 2014 01:05 AM by AlexMuller

An artificial intelligence program can now pass the entrance examinations of 80 percent of private universities in Japan but still falls short of acceptance to the nation’s most prestigious school. Scientists disclosed the mock exam results of the AI program, nicknamed "Torobo-kun".

 
The goal of the project, which started in 2011, is for the AI system to achieve a mock test score required to enter the University of Tokyo by fiscal 2021. The trial exam was conducted in autumn. “One of our purposes is to reveal the limitations of AI,” said Noriko Arai, an NII professor who heads the project. “Showing how humans and machines will be able to supplement each other is a key for Japan’s economic growth in the future.”
 
According to mock examination operator Yoyogi Seminar, Torobo-kun scored 386 out of 900 points in the common exam for university hopefuls, which included sections on English, Japanese, mathematics, history and physics. Its deviation value was 47.3, compared with 45.1 in its first mock exam conducted last year.
 
The latest test score results showed that Torobo-kun has a probability of at least 80 percent of passing the exams of 80 percent of 581 private universities across Japan. One reason is the great improvement in its scores for English and Japanese, Yoyogi Seminar officials said. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT), which joined the project for the second trial exam, provided a huge database of English words, and programs used for its original smartphone conversation app.
 
With these added features, Torobo-kun’s scores improved for questions requiring examinees to complete conversational sentences. However, further improvement is needed for the program to reach a score of at least 90 percent in the English exam to get into the University of Tokyo, according to Yoyogi Seminar officials.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-11-10
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AI is getting more sophisticated all the time - it would be interesting to find out how Torobo-kun compares to IBM Watson
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-11-10
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Indeed, it would be great to see how far current AI and robots can go and find out how to direct future research in this area so that the best use is made from these efforts Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-11-10
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This is the next logical step. Robots are getting ready to enter our homes and work for us and with us. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-11-10
+1
Japan is developing very interesting projects in Robotics. Recently. There is a substantial investment from the Government to develop robots to help with care for the elderly population that is growing rapidly.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-11-10
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Yes, Toyota is developing devices to help carry the elderly or provide mobility support and Toli Corp has created a mat with a wireless sensor that can track and deliver feedback if an elderly person is moving around. Also, a special robot with 24 fingers has been developed for hair washing and head massage, useful if a person has limited arm movement Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-11-10
+1
This great idea! In 10 years or so elderly people will be a generation that is very familiar with technology and used to help from computers Reply
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