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Finally, a Machine That Can Finish Your Sentence

In August, researchers from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a lab based in Seattle, unveiled an English test for computers. It examined whether machines could complete sentences like this one:On stage, a woman takes a seat at the piano. Shea) sits on a bench as her sister plays with the doll.b) smiles with someone as the music plays.c) is in the crowd, watching the dancers.d) nervously sets her fingers on the keys.For you, that would be an easy question. But for a computer, it was pretty hard. While humans answered more than 88 percent of the test questions correctly, the lab’s A.I. systems hovered around 60…

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Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities

“What we’re seeing is not necessarily good for society, but it is rational behavior by these companies,” he said.The two new Facebook labs are part of wider expansion for the company’s A.I. operation. In December, Facebook announced that it had hired another computer vision expert, Jitendra Malik, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He now oversees the lab at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.Even with its deep pockets, Facebook faces fierce competition for talent. Mr. Allen recently gave the Allen Institute, which he created in 2013, an additional $125 million in funding. After losing Mr. Zettlemoyer to Facebook, the Allen Institute hired Noah…

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