Machines equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) have performed better than human beings in a high-level test of reading comprehension. Two natural language processing tools received higher test scores than humans in recent exams. One of the tools is a product of the American software maker Microsoft.

The other was created by the Chinese online seller Alibaba Group. Alibaba reported its success earlier this month.

The company said that a deep-learning model developed by its Institute of Data Science of Technologies was the first to beat a human score in the reading comprehension test. The test is called the Stanford Question Answering Dataset.

It was developed by researchers at Stanford University in California. The test has over 100,000 questions and answers.

They are based on information found in over 500 stories from the Wikipedia website. The answers to all the questions come from the reading material. Read more from learningenglish.voanews.com…

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