Alibaba’s AI Performed Better Than Humans In Reading Test

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An Artificial Intelligence (AI) model developed by the Alibaba Group Holding has performed better than its human counterpart in a reading test conducted by Stanford University.

The reading test came from the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD), which is a new reading comprehension dataset, consisting of questions posed by crowdworkers on a set of Wikipedia articles, comprised of more than 100,000 question-answer pairs on 500+ articles.

The SQuAD is considered one of the “world’s most authoritative machine-reading gauges”.

The Alibaba AI’s performance of 82.440, performed better than its human counterpart, which was 82.304. Both scores were however surpassed by an improved performance from Microsoft’s Research Asia, scoring an exact match of 82.650. The Microsoft result was posted later.

The Chinese-based e-commerce outfit is sure basking in its feat. In a statement from Luo Si, Alibaba Institute of Data Science of Technologies chief scientist, “The technology underneath can be gradually applied to numerous applications such as customer service, museum tutorials and online responses to medical inquiries from patients, decreasing the need for human input in an unprecedented way.”

The world continues to explore wide range application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in various fields and sectors of human endeavor. Report says China has endorsed the Alibaba’s AI model in a national-level plan that calls for the country to become the industry leader 2030.


Alibaba Group is a Chinese multinational e-commerce, retail, Internet and technology conglomerate established in 1999 by 18 people led by Jack Ma, a former English teacher from Hangzhou, China. As of January 2018, Alibaba’s market cap stood at US$490 billion. It is one of the top 10 most valuable and biggest companies in the world.

Since launching its first website helping small Chinese exporters, manufacturers and entrepreneurs to sell internationally, Alibaba Group has grown into a global leader in online and mobile commerce. Today the company and its related companies operate leading wholesale and retail online marketplaces as well as businesses in cloud computing, digital media and entertainment, innovation initiatives and others.

Alibaba is the world’s largest and most valuable retailer since April 2016, after it surpassed Walmart, with operations in over 200 countries, as well as one of the largest Internet companies.



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