Carnegie Mellon are trying to make artificial intelligence by having a computer read the internet. I doubt they are
Carnegie Mellon University has taught a computer how to read and learn from the internet.
According to Dennis Baron at the Oxford University press blog, the computer is called NELL and it is reading the internet and learning from it in much the same way that humans learn language and acquire knowledge. Basically by soaking it all up and figuring it out.
NELL is short for Never Ending Language Learner and apparently it is getting brainier every day.
NELL has learned over 440,000 separate things with an accuracy of 74 per cent. This is about the same as a C grade at school.
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