While trailing far behind in skills such as long division, the average three year old human is a much better reader than even the most sophisticated computer program. But for how long?
Two professors at RPI are working on software that can read text and answer questions based on the relevant information. They hope to one day develop a system which can analyze and act upon real-time information "by either reading or listening to spoken instructions."
The difference between these guys and me? They've got a sweet grant from DARPA.