AI gets sophisticated about language but it still doesn’t know science ZDNet’s Tiernan Ray explains that researchers at the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence have developed a massive assemblage of machine learning techniques that use probability models of language to ace question-answering on the New York State Regents exam for 8th through 12th grade science. The effort is a technological marvel, but it still doesn’t mean that AI really understands anything about science, per se. Read more: https://zd.net/2N9RFuC For the last few weeks, we’ve been watching a plant grow on our windowsill. A seed blew into the window box and took root, and started to shoot up. There was nothing growing in that end-of-the-window box, so we left it until we could see whether it was a weed or a nice plant. The seed had been long and black, and the stem grew tall and spindly. Once we could see a few leaves, I started searching the web for a plant with a long, hairy stem and long, pointed leaves springing alternately from the stem, that grow in the UK from long black seeds, that are pointy at one end and round at the other. SEE: How to implement AI and machine learning (ZDNet special report) | Download the report as a PDF (TechRepublic) If you described that to a botanist or a gardener, they would tell you immediately that it was probably a sunflower, but I didn’t get any useful results from searching by the description. In fact,… [Read full story]
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