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Monday, September 21, 2015
Software Scores Well on SAT
The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence developed a software program that could answer geometry questions at a human level. To
prove this, the company put the software to the test by making it answer SAT
problems that it has never seen before. The software achieved the score of an
average 11th grader.
Creating this software and having it be somewhat effective
is a step forward for technology. With this being said, to transform the
software into a real world setting is highly unlikely. Therefore, in my opinion
this article and software is not as impressive. Then, the article claims that
the next step for the software would be to assemble furniture. This would be an
amazing accomplishment and something that can help humans in a real world
situation but not very possible as of right now. This is due to the common-sense
aspect that human’s posses and machines most likely never will. Another factor
that the article brings up is problem solving. By saying this, the article
means that if anything went wrong with the process (of building furniture) that
a machine could not adapt. I agree with this completely. The complexity of the
human brain and the fact that we do have feelings is what sparks certain
inventions and other creations. If we eventually relied on machines, future developments
may never be created.
The article overlooked the question of what would this do
for the economy? More specifically, would jobs be created or destroyed from
software that could built furniture or have human logic? Also, would achieving
common sense ever be possible for this software? Finally, is this a good
allocation of time for software developers or could they be doing something
more to help and grow information systems.
Overall I don’t think that this software is worth the investment
of time and money.