Robots can now read better than humans, putting millions of jobs at risk

Using natural-language processing, the machine-learning model developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies beat rival humans with a score of 82.44 compared to 82.305, the company said.

According to the researchers, the landmark could have a significant impact in introducing the technology into roles typically performed by humans, as the AI algorithm is able to provide precise answers to questions when provided with vast amounts of information from resources like Wikipedia.

“That means objective questions such as ‘What causes rain’ can now be answered with high accuracy by machines,” Luo Si, chief scientist for natural language processing at the Institute of Data Science of Technologies, said in a statement.