When computer scientists at Microsoft started to experiment with a new artificial intelligence system last year, they asked it to solve a puzzle that should have required an intuitive understanding of the physical world.
"Here we have a book, nine eggs, a laptop, a bottle ,and a nail," they asked. "Please tell me how to stack them onto each other in a stable manner."
The researchers were startled by the ingenuity of the A.I. system's answer. Put the eggs on the book, it said. Arrange the eggs in three rows with space between them. Make sure you don't crack them.
"Place the laptop on top of the eggs, with the screen facing down and the keyboard facing up," it wrote. "The laptop will fit snugly within the boundaries of the book and the eggs, and its flat and rigid surface will provide a stable platform for the next layer."
From The New York Times
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