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Alibaba and Microsoft AI Systems Beat Humans in Reading Comprehension Test

In a major breakthrough, AI models beat the human score.

Artificial intelligence systems created by tech giants Alibaba and Microsoft topped the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD). In the reading comprehension test, the AI models beat the human score for Exact Match (or providing the exact answers to questions). The event is considered a major breakthrough in the field of artificial intelligence.

The test, developed at Stanford University, is a machine reading comprehension dataset with questions based on a set of Wikipedia articles. The answers were mostly a segment of text from a corresponding reading passage.

The human score registered on SQuAD is 82.304

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Alibaba’s AI system finished the same set of questions with a score of 82.44, while Microsoft’s AI scored 82.65. Luo Si, chief scientist for Natural Language Processing at Alibaba’s Institute of Data Sciences and Technologies, in a statement:

“It is our great honor to witness the milestone where machines surpass humans in reading comprehension. That means objective questions such as ‘what causes rain’ can now be answered with high accuracy by machines. We are especially excited because we believe the technology underneath can be gradually applied to numerous applications such as customer service, museum tutorials and online responses to medical inquiries from patients, decreasing the need for human input in an unprecedented way.”

According to Microsoft, this type of AI system can help professionals quickly scan through pages and pages of text for information.

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In a blog post published by the tech giant, they said:

“These tools also could let doctors, lawyers, and other experts more quickly get through the drudgery of things like reading through large documents for specific medical findings or rarified legal precedent.”

Other companies, including Samsung, Salesforce, and Tencent, have also submitted their AI models for the SQuAD test.

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Stanford’s SQuAD is considered as one of the top reading comprehension tests in the world. AI continues to be an important technology being researched and developed by big companies.

It is supported by important figures, like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who believes AI can greatly impact the automotive and health industries. But other big names like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have warned of the risks and abuses that might result in developing and implementing AI systems.

What do you think of this breakthrough in AI technology? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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Gut Feelings Are Results Of ‘Wi-Fi’ That Connects Human Brains, Scientist Claims

A professor finally answers where our gut feelings and intuitions came from.

Gut feelings allow people to know certain things, even if they can't explain where this idea comes from. As a result, some individuals avoid a certain person, event or place, just because they think something bad will happen.

This intuition, however, has no scientific explanation, not until now. Professor Digby Tantam, a professor of psychotherapy at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, says that he might have uncovered the answer to the cause of gut feelings, as written in his new book titled, Interbrain.

The brains are wired or interconnected.

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Rare Genetic Mutation Causes Entire Family To Feel No Pain

Members of this Italian family can suffer burns and broken bones without noticing.

An Italian family is gaining attention worldwide, thanks to a very rare and unique syndrome. Basically, six of the members of the Marsili family feel almost no pain. They are namely, Maria Domenico (the 78-year-old head of the family), her two daughters, Maria and Letizia, and their children Bernardo, Ludovico, and Virginia.

Letizia claims to have noticed the extremely low pain threshold during her childhood. Hence she was called “superwoman” by her colleagues back then. Some of the members, particularly Maria, of the Marsili family also experienced breaking a bone or two without even realizing it.

The Marsili family has a very rare genetic mutation, enabling them to feel almost no pain.

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Scientists Find Large Ice Cliffs on Mars, Possible Source of Water for Future Missions

The discovery is greatly beneficial for future missions to the Red Planet.

A group of scientists recently announced their discovery of huge deposits of water ice near the surface of Mars. This discovery could forever change all future explorations of the Red Planet.

The findings were published in the journal Science. The research was led by Colin Dundas from the US Geological Survey in Arizona.

The discovery was made using the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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