This artificial intelligence is trained on crosswords

iStock Crosswords are helping artificial intelligence systems better understand language.  Researchers from the University of Cambridge hope that their system, which uses an artificial neural network to answer crossword questions, will help machines understand language more rapidly and in a more complex way. The system was trained on six dictionaries’ worth of definitions to give it a large number of examples. As a result of the experiment the researchers found that definitions contain a “valuable signal” for helping to interpret and represent the meaning of phrases and sentences. Don’t miss The results, published in Transactions for the Association for Computational Linguistics, found that the system was able to work out short phrases, metaphors and longer, linked phrases. “Despite recent progress in AI, problems involving language understanding are particularly difficult, and our…

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