By Alison Eck
A new software program might just be smarter than an 11th grader.
For the first time, an artificial intelligence program capable of seeing and reading has demonstrated the ability to answer geometry questionsfrom the SAT that it had not previously encountered. Though machine vision is still in its infancy—even the most sophisticated AI programs struggle to comprehend the symbolic meaning of an arrow in the context of a diagram, for example—this most recent achievement is a major step for computer scientists.
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