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Robot Attempts Japanese University Entrance Exam

An AI-driven robot has miserably failed to get into uni in Japan.


Japanese researchers are attempting to create artificial intelligence that is smart enough that it could both understand, and complete a university entrance exam with passing marks. Their robot, called Torobo-kun, has just taken the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo for the fourth time. While researchers are steadily trying to improve the onboard AI program called Todai Robot, they clearly have a ways left to go, because the robot has failed.

The robot previously attempted to take the standardized “National Center Test” several times, beginning in 2013. It has never succeeded and the researchers are beginning to realize that there is a limit to how well the robot is able to understand various exam questions. The research team has decided that perhaps it’s time to admit defeat. Their conclusion is that at the current pace, the robot will not be able to accomplish its goal of getting into Tokyo U by March 2022.

For now the team, comprised of scientists from Japan’s National Institute of Informatics, are abandoning their efforts. Since the robot scored about the same on the exam as it did last year, they’ve been able to reach some conclusions on the current state of artificial intelligence, and that some questions which require a broad understanding of meaning, simply are too complex for robots to handle.

However, the team will still be moving forward, looking at the areas where the robot showed improvement, and trying to continue their AI development there. “Torobo-kun did show significant improvement in its standard score in physics,” said The Asahi Shimbun, ” which jumped from 46.5 in 2015 to 59.0.” This comes as a result of  improvements in the AI software to  help the robot “comprehend concepts in physics questions, such as balancing springs and the angle of slopes.”

source: TechXplore

David F.
A grad student in experimental physics, David is fascinated by science, space and technology. When not buried in lecture books, he enjoys movies, gaming and mountainbiking

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