AI programme passes University Entrance exam

The Japanese National Institute of Informatics claims that its AI program, developed with university and corporate researchers, achieved an above-average score on a college entrance exam for the first time.

The test covered five subjects including maths, physics and English.  The institute wanted to develop an AI by 2021 that was high enough on Japan’s standardised college entrance exam to be accepted into the University of Tokyo, the nation’s top-ranked university.

The AI received a score of 511 points out of 950, above the national average of 416, and did exceptionally well on math and history-related problems, the institute said.

Getting that score means that the AI has at least an 80 percent chance of being accepted by 441 private universities and 33 national universities.

The software program had been “studying” for the exam since 2011 but had below average scores on similar exams in 2013 and 2014.

It has a long way to go before it can apply to the University of Tokyo, whose list of alumni includes Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda and former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.

The AI was smart enough to answer some of the questions on the physics test, it failed to do so and scored below average because of its insufficient language processing capability.