From the moment people are born, they learn to make associations and to understand words depending on the context of a sentence.
This learning continues throughout life, so teaching machines to make common sense assumptions about language is a mammoth task.
Over the years researchers have been making in-roads into improving voice recognition and speech-to-text software.
But being able to recognise words is still a long way from machines actually understanding what people are saying.
Now the American Palo Alto Research Centre (Parc) is working on an ambitious project with the aim to take computers' language skills to the next level.
Parc's research on natural language processing was bought by search engine Powerset who combined it with data from online encyclopaedia Wikipedia.
From BBC News
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