Microsoft Wants AIs to Be More Adept at Responding to Questions

Microsoft releases a data set, dubbed MS MARCO, that the company hope will enable artificial intelligence systems to answer questions more like a human would. Capping an AI-themed week at Microsoft, the company released MS MARCO, a data set of 100,000 questions and answers that researchers can use to train their artificial intelligence (AI) systems.The software maker’s own researchers based MS MARCO, short for Microsoft Machine Reading Comprehension, on anonymized data gleaned from the real-world queries posed to the company’s Bing search engine.The aim is to help get beyond today’s AIs, which can answer simple fact-based answers that digital assistants like Cortana and Siri can, to intelligent systems that are attuned to the nuances of how people pose questions in a conversational context and the answers they expect in return.For…

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