Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (abbreviated AI2) is a research institute funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to achieve scientific breakthroughs by constructing AI systems with reasoning, learning and reading capabilities.[1] Oren Etzioni was appointed by Paul Allen in September 2013 to direct the research at the institute.[2][3][4]


AI2's current flagship project is Project Aristo, inspired by a similar project called Project Halo carried out by Seattle-based artificial intelligence company Vulcan.[5] The goal is to attempt to design computers that can pass school science examinations (4th grade, 8th grade, and 12th grade) after preparing for the examinations from the course texts and study guides.[5][6] The focus of the project is explained by the guiding philosophy that artificial intelligence is about having a mental model for how things operate and refining that mental model based on new knowledge.[6][7] It was found that computers could learn better from study guides than from ordinary textbooks because study guides offered information more directly and avoided metaphorical language and digressions.[7]

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AI2 was the subject of an in-depth article in The Verge.[6] Its launch was covered in Xconomy,[3] and GeekWire.[4] Allen and Etzioni co-authored an article for CNN about artificial intelligence and AI2 in December 2013.[8] AI2 has also been mentioned in other articles discussing the current state of and trends in artificial intelligence research.[9]

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  1. ^ "AI2: Home". Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Paul G. Allen appoints Head of Artificial Intelligence Institute". Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. September 4, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Romano, Benjamin (September 4, 2013). "Paul Allen Hires Oren Etzioni for New Artificial Intelligence Push". Xconomy. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Cook, John (September 4, 2013). "Going beyond Siri and Watson: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen taps Oren Etzioni to lead new Artificial Intelligence Institute". GeekWire. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Project Aristo". Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Brandom, Russell (October 24, 2013). "Paul Allen and the Machines: teaching the next generation of artificial intelligence". The Verge. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Clark; Harrison; Balasubramanian (2013). "A Study of the Knowledge Base Requirements for Passing an Elementary Science Test". Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ Allen, Paul; Etzioni, Oren (December 11, 2013). "From Star Trek to Siri: How the Machine-Reading Revolution will dictate the future". CNN. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "AI2: Press". Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Retrieved January 25, 2014.