IBM wants its Jeopardy-winning computer on phones

Watson researchers work inside IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center, in Yorktown Heights, New York, Feb. 11, 2014.
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Watson researchers work inside IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center, in Yorktown Heights, New York, Feb. 11, 2014.

IBM's Watson computer first gained notoriety when it beat two human Jeopardy champions at their own game in 2011. Besting chess grandmaster Garry Kasperov was enough of a feat for Watson cousin Deep Blue, but the trivia questions featured on Jeopardy were thought to be too subtle for a computer. But Watson was built to do just that: process human language, and even "learn" by building and testing hypotheses.

Now the company will hold the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, a competition to induce developers to create apps using the the powerful artificial intelligence platform. Big Blue will offer the three winners consulting help to build their software.

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By Arik Hesseldahl, Re/code.net.

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