An artificial-intelligence program outscored the average Japanese high school senior on the English section of the college-entrance exam, reports the Wall Street Journal.
To-Robo earned a 95 (out of 200)on the multiple-choice English test, compared to 93.1 for the average test-taker. That’s nearly double the software’s score last year.
Japan’s collegebound students take two days of very high-stakes exams in geography, history, civics, Japanese, foreign languages, math and science to qualify for public and private universities.
Developers are grooming To-Robo to qualify for the prestigious Tokyo University. (And then? Take classes?)
On the English portion, the AI program was able to choose the answer that best fits this conversation:
A: I hear your father is in the hospital.
B: Yes, and he has to have an operation next week.
A: ????. Let me know if I can do anything.
B: Thanks a lot.
To-Robo correctly picked “That’s too bad” to fill in the blank, rejecting “Exactly, yes,” “No problem” and “That’s a relief.”
The technology may be used for translations some day, developers said.