Crossword Puzzle Solver (22 Letters)—Artificial Intelligence

Now there’s a better way to cheat at crossword puzzles—with artificial intelligence. Researchers from three universities designed a system that uses a type of AI known as deep learning to help computers understand language more quickly and effectively. As a bonus, the researchers built a web-based tool that’s handy when a particularly baffling crossword clue comes around. The crossword assistant is just a demo of how deep learning is improving machines’ ability to understand language, said Felix Hill, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cambridge and lead author of a paper describing the research. Learning language is challenging for computers because it’s difficult to recreate the rich and diverse information sources available to humans when they learn to speak and read, he said. Researchers focused on helping computers understand…

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