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AI project shifting focus after robot flunks university exam again

Japan's AI robot is abandoning the goal of passing the entrance examination for the top-ranked University of Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Torobo-kun failed again. But the developers of the affectionately named artificial-intelligence software system need not feel bad, since the robot is in the same boat as nearly all high schoolers when it comes to the entrance examination for Japan's top university.

The National Institute of Informatics launched in fiscal 2011 a project designed to push the limits of AI software, setting a goal of developing by fiscal 2021 a system capable of passing the exam to get into the University of Tokyo.

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