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Chinese retail giant Alibaba has developed an artificial intelligence model that’s managed to outdo human participants in a reading and comprehension test designed by Stanford University. The model scored 82.44, whereas humans recorded a score of 82.304.
The Stanford Question Answering Dataset is a set of 10,000 questions pertaining to some 500 Wikipedia articles. The answer to each question is a particular span of text from the corresponding piece of writing.
Alibaba claims that its accomplishment is the first time that humans have been outmatched on this particular test, according to a report from Bloomberg. Microsoft also managed a similar feat, scoring 82.650 — though, those results were finalized shortly after Alibaba’s.
Both Alibaba and Microsoft’s entries may have only beaten human participants by a whisker, but this is still a huge accomplishment when it comes to machine reading. As is already being explored, the technology will likely have many applications in areas such as automated customer service.
Machines are getting much better at accurately responding to queries by supplying the exact information that’s been requested from a large pool. As this action doesn’t necessarily require a human presence, we could soon see computers and AIs being tasked with this kind of responsibility.
In less than 20 years, Alibaba has become one of the top ten largest companies in the world, primarily due to its success as an online retailer. The internet has changed the way that we shop, and as such the company is pumping money into research projects that will help ensure that it can keep up with the next game-changing advance in e-commerce.
Automated customer service that can remain active at all times, thus serving customers all around the world, is one such innovation. The technology could also be put to good use toward marketing, as AI could potentially be used to improve the accuracy of targeted advertising, or even as part of efforts to use social media to promote products.
China is becoming a hotspot for AI research, and Alibaba’s available resources will allow it to be at the forefront of this movement. Earlier this month, a $ 2.1 billion industrial park dedicated to the technology was announced for Beijing, as part of the country’s long-term goal of being the world leader in AI by 2030.
AI is already transforming the world we live in, and it’s only going to facilitate further change in years to come. The research being carried out today will have a profound impact on the world of tomorrow.
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Henrik Fisker, a former chief designer for Aston Martin, claims that he will soon revolutionize the world of electric cars with a new, superior battery. After leaving the luxury car brand, Fisker started his own company and has filed patents on a new type of solid-state battery, which can be charged faster and has greater capacity than leading lithium-ion batteries, at least in theory.
In lithium-ion batteries, current flows through either liquids or polymers, but in solid-state batteries it flows through a solid. Although the technology is still in its infancy, these new batteries are designed to be cheaper and smaller than their lithium-ion counterpart.
In an interview with The Irish Times, Fisker said that “Everyone has gone down a road of working on what we call thin-film sheet batteries. One of the early scientists who worked on these was Dr Fabio Albano.” When Albano left the company Sakti3, he brought his ideas for the next development in battery technology to Fisker.
“The breakthrough that Fabio brought to me, just over a year ago, was a development of the solid-state battery, and he said that he wanted to bring this battery into Fisker, and he really wanted to get it into a vehicle. He believed that he was close to a breakthrough,” Fisker told The Irish Times.
In addition to these advantages, this mysterious solid-state battery would outprice competitors like Tesla that still use conventional lithium-ion batteries for their electric cars. According to Fisker, “the unique thing about our battery is that the solvent that we use to build the battery is the cheapest one you can get – water.”
So far, the main downside to the concept is that it doesn’t technically exist in real life. But, should the theoretically sound science behind this design amount to a commercially-viable product, the lithium-ion batteries that currently power electric vehicles (EVs) could give way to these batteries and EV capabilities and range could seriously advance.