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Microsoft says new AI shows signs of human reasoning

By Cade Metz

16 May 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

"Is the industry building something akin to human intelligence?" Microsoft researchers claim their AI has taken a step toward general intelligence. Not everyone agrees. The NYT reports.

SAN FRANCISCO — When computer scientists at Microsoft started to experiment with a new artificial intelligence system last year, they asked it to solve a puzzle that should have required an intuitive understanding of the physical world.

“Here we have a book, nine eggs, a laptop, a bottle and a nail,” they asked. “Please tell me how to stack them onto each other in a stable manner.”

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