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September 15 2012

Can a Robot Get Into Japan’s Most Prestigious University?


Tokyo University’s notoriously difficult entrance exam shatters the dreams of thousands of Japanese high school students each year. Can it also crush the hopes of Japan’s best robot scientists?

The scientists won’t be taking the test themselves. Instead, this being Japan, researchers have posed the question of whether a robot could pass the test to get into the country’s most prestigious university.

Fujitsu Ltd. is betting artificial intelligence is smart enough to make the grade for Todai — as the university is also known. In response to the challenge “Can a Robot Pass the Todai Entrance Exam”?, the electronics company said Monday that its research subsidiary, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. will join forces with Japan’s National Institute of Informatics, to develop a robot capable of getting through the test.

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