The robots are coming for your job: A.I surpasses humans at reading comprehension


January 15, 2018 – FRN – 

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VestiFinance – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

An AI model created by experts of the Chinese Internet company Alibaba Group, for the first time has surpassed a human at reading comprehension. 

In Stanford tests for reading and understanding it scored 82.44 points, surpassing the average result of people who participated in the same trial – 82.34. Comparative tests were completed on January 11, and one day later another model, from Microsoft, also successfully passed Stanford’s tests, gaining 82.65 points. 

The Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD) questionnaire is one of the most complex tests in the field of cognitive word processing. SQuAD is an array of information that includes more than one hundred thousand questions and answer pairs, based on more than 500 articles from Wikipedia.

The tests included an exercise for reading or listening to certain information, and then answering test questions. Previously, Facebook, Tencent and Samsung also provided their models for testing at Stanford, but AI from Alibaba for the first time surpassed the results of a human. 

Representatives of the company’s Institute of Technology and Artificial Intelligence (iDST) called the result “a historic milestone.”

“Tests of this kind are definitely useful indicators of how far the work on artificial intelligence can go. However, the real benefits of AI come when it acts in harmony with people,” commented Microsoft spokesman Andrew Pickup. 

Luo Sy, Alibaba Group’s chief expert on automatic processing of texts, considered this achievement a “great honor”, but noted that it would probably lead to the replacement of many employees by computers. 

Technologies “can be gradually adapted to practical applications, in particular, for consumers.” 

It is expected, that a large percentage of jobs currently carried out by humans will become entirely automated, or A.I managed, in less than 20 years.

Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels. If you like her work, you can support her Patreon here.

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