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Alibaba and Microsoft AI Beat Humans in Stanford Reading Test


A robot, reading.

Artificial intelligence programs from Alibaba and Microsoft outperformed humans in a global reading comprehension test last week.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) programs from China and the U.S. last week outperformed humans in a global reading comprehension test.

The algorithms of China-based Alibaba and Microsoft tied for first place, achieving accuracy levels a few basis points above humans' 82.3% in providing exact matches to questions from the Stanford Question Answering Dataset.

Alibaba's Luo Si on Monday called his company's AI victory "a milestone," and noted the technology has multiple uses ranging from customer service to museum tutorials to medical queries, some of which are already being managed by chatbots worldwide.

Both AIs' triumph on the reading test symbolizes the aggressive technological competition between China and the U.S., with China planning to leverage its massive datasets compiled from its populace and deep governmental investments to surpass the U.S. in cultivating a $150-billion industry.

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