Robots have proven that they are the masters of the ancient Chinese game of Go, but how do they fare on China’s infamous annual national college entrance exam? Turns out, not particularly great.
This week, AI-MATHS joined nearly 10 million Chinese students in taking the grueling gaokao, putting its programming to the test with two different versions of the math portion of the exam.
The machine, developed by a Chengdu technology company, consists of 11 servers and promises that it did not cheat by just looking up the answers to the test on the internet, according to Xinhua.
On its first try, the AI managed to complete the exam in an impressive 22 minutes, a task which would take a normal human two hours, but scored a not particularly impressive 105 out of 150. The next time, it performed a bit worse, only managing a score of 100.
Those marks are both slightly higher than the passing grade of 90.
While that likely wouldn’t be enough to satisfy a tiger mom, the AI’s developers were supportive, proud that AI-MATHS gave the exam its best shot and vowing that it would do even better the next time.
Developers hope that by 2020, a robot will be able score well enough on the gaokao to gain entrance to China’s top universities like Tsinghua and Peking University.
Though robots may good with numbers, they aren’t quite as adept with processing language. One of the exam’s questions completely stumped the AI simply by referring to “students” and “teachers.”
Looks like the robotic revolution is still a few years away.
[Images via Xinhua / China News Service]
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