How to Win the Million XPrize in AI

The challenge sounds daunting: Use artificial intelligence “to address humanity’s Grand Challenges.” But if that sounds like the kind of thing that stimulates your creative juices, and you have the engineering chops to back it up, you could win a few million bucks and a lot of attention. IBM Watson and XPrize announced earlier this year that they’d be linking up to offer a top award of $3 million and additional prizes totaling $2 million to winning entrants in the competition. Roughly 3,500 parties responded to the announcement of the prize in February to say they were interested in competing. The five-month registration window ends Dec. 1, after which applicants will go through four selection rounds over the course of four years. The prize money isn’t much in the scheme of things…


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