AI system aces science tests for students

Dr Oren Etzioni (left) oversees the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which is behind Aristo, a new system that answered correctly more than 90 per cent of the questions on an eighth-grade science test. He is with Mr Peter Clark, manager o
Dr Oren Etzioni (left) oversees the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which is behind Aristo, a new system that answered correctly more than 90 per cent of the questions on an eighth-grade science test. He is with Mr Peter Clark, manager of the Aristo project.PHOTO: NYTIMES

Called Aristo, the system is proof that researchers have made significant progress in developing artificial intelligence that can mimic the logic skills and decision-making of humans

SAN FRANCISCO • Four years ago, more than 700 computer scientists competed in a contest to build artificial intelligence (AI) that could pass an eighth-grade - the equivalent of Secondary 2 in Singapore - science test.

There was US$80,000 in prize money on the line.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2019, with the headline 'AI system aces science tests for students'. Print Edition | Subscribe