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AI Gets So-So Grade in Chinese University Entrance Exam


The artificial intelligence did not score as high as the average liberal arts student.

An artificial intelligence device completed the math section of China's annual university entrance exam faster than human students, but with a below-average grade.

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An artificial intelligence (AI) machine called AI-MATHS completed the math section of China's annual university entrance exam, finishing it faster than students but with a below-average grade.

The system scored 105 out of 150 in 22 minutes, faster than the two-hour time limit.

Beijing liberal art students who took the math exam last year scored an average of 109.

The AI-MATHS system was developed by company Zhunxingyunxue Technology using big data, artificial intelligence, and natural-language recognition technologies from Tsinghua University in China.

"I hope next year the machine can improve its performance on logical reasoning and computer algorithms and score over 130," says Zhunxingyunxue Technology CEO Lin Hui. He cites the system's problems with language, noting, "the robot had a hard time understanding the words 'students' and 'teachers' on the test and failed to understand the question, so it scored zero for that question."

From Agence France-Presse
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