Million Prize for A.I.-Human Collaboration

The field of artificial intelligence is already one of the busiest in all of computer science — or really, the tech industry as a whole. And it’s about to get busier. This week, IBM and XPRIZE announced a global competition inviting tech teams to develop new and innovative A.I. systems for the benefit of all mankind. You know — our species. At stake: $5 million in prize money and more high-bandwidth publicity than you can shake a neural network at. Robo-Lawyers, Farmers, Docs: Our Future On Autopilot Dubbed “IBM Watson A.I. XPRIZE: A Cognitive Computing Competition,” the new initiative was announced at this week’s TED2016 conference in Vancouver, Canada. IBM is encouraging competitors to think big and tackle global problems in areas such as climate change, education and health care.…


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