Teaching Computers to Read

Posted 22 Feb 2005 at 21:20 UTC by steve Share This

DARPA has invested $400,000 in a project to teach computers to read. They want computers that can read in the way humans read; able to comprehend and learn from the meaning of the words. According to a article, researcher Selmer Bringsjord, director of the Rensselaer AI and Reasoning Lab is working on the problem. Bringsjord has also developed a program called Brutus 1 that writes short stories. But the program isn't writing convincingly about the bad guys in stories. "This means defining evil, defining lying, which isn't as straightforward as it would seem", says Bringsjord.

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