Computer learns to read the Internet

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:44 PM ET

The robot apocalypse came another step closer to reality this month after researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., unleashed a new computer upon the Internet, one that has the ability to read, learn and express assumptions.

Dubbed the Never Ending Language Learner, or NELL, the computer is currently aiming to understand the entirety of the human language, categorizing everything it finds and creating links between them, much in the same way a human brain does.

But also just like a human brain, it gets much of it wrong. Its masters claim it only gets about 74% of its assumptions correct.

Some of its best goofs? Declaring Klingon an ethnic minority, that "security risk" is just a different version of the popular board game Risk, and that the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution — the right to bear arms — is a hobby.

That's still a step up from the fifth amendment, which it refused to acknowledge exists.


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