Allen Foundation gives millions to teach machines common sense

The Paul G. Allen Foundation announced on Wednesday that it has awarded $5.7 million in grants to five projects that aim to teach machines to understand what they see and read. That can be anything from a photograph to a chart, a diagram to an entire textbook.

Researchers are cracking text analysis one dataset at a time

A handful of new research projects from Google, IBM and the Allen Institute for AI highlight the ongoing quest to build computer systems capable of analyzing written language based on understanding concepts rather than just keywords.