Elmo has made a new friend: IBM’s Watson

IBM’s Harriet Green and Elmo of “Sesame Street” at the announcement of the Sesame Workshop/Watson team-up. (John O’Boyle/Feature Photo Service for IBM)The next chapter of early childhood education may be coming courtesy of Sesame Workshop and the letters I-B-M. Sesame Workshop, which has made the beloved children’s education show “Sesame Street” for decades, and IBM’s Watson — of “Jeopardy!” fame — announced Wednesday that they are teaming up to research new education tools. The firms will work together for three years to develop products for the classroom and the home, which combine the artificial intelligence prowess of Watson with Sesame Workshop’s deep knowledge of how to teach to the preschool set. The hope is that Watson, which can learn and adapt based on its user, will be able to adjust…


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