Alibaba has developed an artificial intelligence model that scored better than humans in a Stanford University reading and comprehension test.
“This is the first time that a machine has outperformed humans on such a test,” Alibaba said in a statement Monday.
Alibaba’s deep neural network model provided exact answers to more than 100,000 questions comprising a quiz that’s considered one of the world’s most authoritative machine-reading gauges. The model developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies scored 82.44, edging past the 82.304 that rival humans achieved, according to a report published in Bloomberg.
Microsoft achieved a similar feat, scoring 82.650 on the same test, but those results were finalized a day after Alibaba’s, the company said.
The Chinese e-commerce titan has joined the likes of Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Baidu Inc. in a race to develop AI that can enrich social media feeds, target ads and services or even aid in autonomous driving. Beijing has endorsed the technology in a national-level plan that calls for the country to become the industry leader 2030.