Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo — without actually understanding a thing. While it’s not matriculating anytime soon, Todai Robot’s success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI?

Who is she?:

Noriko Arai · AI expert Could an AI pass the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo? Noriko Arai oversees a project that wants to find out. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What jobs does she think AI can take over?
  2. Why did she take university entrance exams as her bench mark?
  3. Can AI robots read? In your answer, explain your definition of reading.
  4. How do AI robots answer questions of general or world knowledge?
  5. How many axioms and Japanese’s words did the AI learn in order to solve a higher math problem?
  6. What skills do we have to teach students in a post – AI world?

Making Connections:

Can AI be creative?

Can AI generate “good ideas”?

Here is a book that you may find enlightening: Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Over the coming decades, Artificial Intelligence will profoundly impact the way we live, work, wage war, play, seek a mate, educate our young, and care for our elderly. It is likely to greatly increase our aggregate wealth, but it will also upend our labor markets, reshuffle our social order, and strain our private and public institutions. Eventually it may alter how we see our place in the universe, as machines pursue goals independent of their creators and outperform us in domains previously believed to be the sole dominion of humans.

Can A Robot Pass a University Entrance Exam? with Noriko Arai


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