IBM wants its Jeopardy-winning computer on phones

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

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