Can a robot get into the University of Tokyo, Japan's most prestigious university, by 2021?

Some people may say "yes," thinking that since robots can now beat professional chess players and shogi (Japanese chess) players, it shouldn't be so difficult to realize this in the not-so-distant future. But it is not that simple.

To answer this question, the Tokyo-based National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan's only general academic research institute for informatics, launched a 10-year project in 2011. Collaborating with various companies and institutions, the project aims to attain a high score on the National Center Test for University Admissions, a standardized, multiple-choice test taken by more than half a million high school graduates every year, by 2016, and achieve the level to enter the University of Tokyo in 2021.