Japanese engineers to make robot smart enough to pass top university exam

6 years ago by in Technology

A team of Japanese scientists is trying to create a computer program smart enough to pass the University of Tokyo’s entrance exam.

Noriko Arai at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics is the engineer who is leading the project “Can A Robot Get Into The University of Tokyo?” that started back in 2011.

She said the team is trying to see how fast artificial intelligence might replace the human brain so that people can start training in completely new areas. “If society as a whole can see a possible change coming in the future, we can get prepared now,” Arai said.

If the robot fails to pass the exam, then “we need to clarify what is missing and move to develop the technology,” added Arai, according to the international press.

On the other hand, “there is a significant danger”, Arai said, “that the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, if not well managed, could lead to a radical restructuring of economic activity and the job market, outpacing the ability of social and education systems to adjust|.

In 2013, a robot passed a mock test for Japan’s most competitive university entrance exam – but fell short of a 50 percent score. In a recent interview with the Observer newspaper, Google’s director of engineering, Ray Kurzweil, predicted computers would outsmart humans by 2029.