Can A Robot Pass A College Exam? Japan On Task

By Ashwathi

Can A Robot Pass An Examination?
Can you imagine a robot passing out an examination in college. Well, Japanese are yet to it. They are on a track to show it done . Researchers across Japan have unveiled increasingly sophisticated robots with different functions, including a talking office receptionist, a security guard and even a primary school teacher.


The purpose in creating such robots is to make older people's lives easier when they have to manage alone. The robots could help them with basic tasks inside the house. Researchers have teamed up to create an Al that would be smart enough to pass the notoriously difficult entrance exams to the University of Tokyo. Don't expect it to help with your homework though.

It isn't enough that machines can beat the best of us at chess, Jeopardy, and a billion other things. Now they want to rub our faces in our inferiority by getting into our universities and scoffing at us.

Boffins at Fijitsu Labs are teaming up with Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII) to create an artificial- intelligence system that would be able to pass the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo, one of the most prestigious schools in the country. The project aims to build an Al that can do well on Japan's nationwide university entrance exams by 2016, and then pass the more difficult exam for Todai, as the top college is known, by 2021.

Human students have to do well on both tests to get into the university, which is known for its brutal admission requirements. It placed eighth in the latest QS Asian University rankings. It's unclear whether the "Todai robot" will be a humanoid robot. Whatever its form, it will have to master subjects such as physics, chemistry, and history, and answer questions on foreign languages.

NII hopes the project, led by Noriko Arai, will yield insights into human intelligence and foster groundbreaking Al innovations. Fujitsu, which built one of the fastest supercomputers in the world last year, is helping to improve the robot's math skills. "NII and Fujitsu Laboratories jointly aim to develop the technologies needed for human- centric IT," Fujitsu said in a release.

" These include formula recognition methods to recognize and interpret problem texts and put it into a data format that a computer can understand; natural language processing to generate a formula representation that the formula solver can understand; and formula- processing technology that can solve the composed formula quickly and accurately.

"The hope is that the technologies developed as part of this project will enable anyone to easily use sophisticated mathematical analysis tools." He added.

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