September 13, 2012
Look Out Watson, There’s A New Intelligent Robot In Town
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Japanese researchers are working on a robot that may be able to one day take your exams for you.
The engineers are working on a robot that may be able to take entrance exams at the nation's top university, testing everything from maths to foreign languages.
The robot's artificial brain would analyze words, numbers and equations before giving the correct answers to questions for Tokyo University's entrance exam.
"It has to analyze the exam questions and convert formulations and equations to a form that it can process before solving it through computer algebra," said Hidenao Iwane from Fujitsu Laboratories, the Japanese IT giant's research unit.
The team said the target for the robot is to have it score high marks on the exam for the university, which is considered to be one of the world's top-ranked schools.
They hope the robot will be able to sail through national entrance exams that all students must take in Japan.
Ultimately, the goal for the robot is to build a technology that would "enable anyone to easily use sophisticated mathematical analysis tools," according to Fujitsu.
The lab said that getting a computer to understand text that was intended for humans is not exactly an easy task to accomplish.
Currently, the robot is able to solve up to 60 percent of the math questions on the general nationwide entrance exam.
If Fujitsu's attempt to create an intelligent robot is successful, it will not be the first non-human to ace quizzes.
IBM's Watson artificial intelligence computer was able to beat out some of the Jeopardy TV show's top competition.
Watson competed in its first round of Jeopardy in February 2011, and the artificial intelligence computer came out on top of the game with $35,734, versus $10,400 for the closest competitor.
The computer continued to pummel competition in the weeks that followed, including a match against five members of the United States House of Representatives that saw it win $40,300 over the congressional players combined $30,000 total.