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Japan’s exam-taking robot does alright on mathematic test run

on November 26, 2013

Gigaom

An artificial intelligence system under development by the Japanese government and several technology companies successfully answered 4 of 10 math questions on a sample college entrance exam, according to a press release from project member Fujitsu on Monday. The grand goal of the project, known as Todai Robot for short, is to pass the University of Tokyo entrance exams by 2021 (currently between 80 percent and 90 percent for the first-stage exam, and then 30 percent to 40 percent for the second, more-difficult stage) using algorithms that are efficient enough to run on a laptop computer.

Fujitsu is leading the project’s efforts at passing the math portion of the exam, and it tested out the current version on practice exams administered by a popular college prep academy called Yoyogi Seminar. According to the press release, “[T]he artificial brain of Todai Robot automatically solved two out of four University of Tokyo…

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