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Alibaba's AI beats humans in reading test
Computing means calculating an answer or amount, often by using a machine. A computer is an electronic machine that does such tasks, as well as storing, organizing and finding information as programmed and commanded. A computer basically doesn’t think for itself, but it does so when it is empowered by Artificial Intelligence or AI. As you know, AI already exceeded human intelligence in the game of Go, which is a complex board game that requires intuition, creative and strategic thinking, and is regarded as the most challenging gaming task for AI. Last year, AlphaGo Zero by Google beat its prior version that had defeated human champions without human data. This means A.I. creates better solutions in gaming than humans.
What about reading texts and answering questions? Well, there was a match between AI programs and humans in reading and comprehension test created by Stanford University’s AI experts. In the test, a new AI program created by China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba scored higher than humans. It was the first time an AI program outperformed human in such a test. It was another milestone for AI technology. But AI has already been playing vital roles in businesses, especially in customer service. In fact, Alibaba has been using the technology to answer questions from millions of its customers. Without it, it wouldn’t have been able to handle over 800 million orders just in 24 hours.
It’s no longer the time to worry about the next area that humans lose against AI. Instead, it is time to think how to work with AI.
Enjoy reading and think how you are going to work with non-human intelligence.