[ExI] AI milestones

Kelly Anderson kellycoinguy at gmail.com
Thu Mar 1 05:51:35 UTC 2012

On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:
> I have been asked to make a list of milestones in AI development. This is my
> current list, what have I missed?

Fun list.


Expert systems for some kinds of medical diagnosis were perfected long ago.

Statistical methods for treating patients with heart attacks
(discussed by Seth Godin, not sure how much AI was in there)

The recent flying machines with dynamic controls that learn to fly
through hoops certainly should make it onto the list, as well as the
first bipedal robots of a few years back.

I'm going to have to digest this one...

2009 OCR accuracy for commercial OCR software between 71% to 98% for
typeset text. For ISO 1073-1:1976 and similar typefaces intended for
OCR performance is human-equivalent. Holley, Rose (April 2009). "How
Good Can It Get? Analysing and Improving OCR Accuracy in Large Scale
Historic Newspaper Digitisation Programs". D-Lib Magazine.

There are commercial OCR engines that scan well over 99% accuracy for
typeset text... so I'm thinking that the problem is old newspapers and
bad image acquisition here... I've seen some marks in the 80% range
for hand printed text, for heaven sake!!


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