Earlier this month, a Chinese medical robot named Xiaoyi achieved a passing score of 456 on China’s medical licensing exam. It might not exactly be a score that would make you comfortable entrusting your health to it – a passing score is 360 out of 600. But it’s an impressive result considering the robot scored 100 in its first practice run.
Xiaoyi (“little doctor”) is a collaboration between Chinese IT company iFlyTek and Tsinghua University in Beijing. It was developed to test if AI can be effective in identifying links between words, sentences, paragraphs, and other natural language features to develop a capacity to reason.
Its much improved score is certainly a demonstration that Xiaoyi has the capacity not only to reason, but to learn and make judgements by itself. After its first pitiful attempt, Xiaoyi was trained by processing dozens of textbooks and 2 million medical records.