The software, known as To-Robo, almost doubled its score on a multiple choice test from its performance a year ago, indicating progress toward a goal set by its developers to eventually pass the entrance exam for Tokyo University, Japan’s most prestigious college.
“The average score for the English section of the standardized entrance exam was 93.1 (out of 200), but the AI scored 95,” a spokesman for NTT Science and Core Technology Laboratory Group said. Last year the software scored 52.
The NTT lab is developing the software alongside the National Institute of Informatics, and is in charge of developing the software’s English capabilities. The project began in 2011 with a 10-year time frame for reaching its goal.