IBM just paid billions for the Weather Company’s digital data — here’s why

TriStar Pictures via MovieClipsJohnny 5 of “Short Circuit,” an artificial intelligence who gained sentience in a storm. IBM today officially bought a big chunk of the Weather Company’s digital assets. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but a report on Tuesday before the deal closed suggested IBM will paid $2 billion or more. The big question is “why?” IBM has invested a lot into its Watson cloud service — a version of Big Blue’s super-smart, Jeopardy-playing computer that developers can simply and easily drop into their apps, no artificial intelligence expertise required. In fact, IBM says Watson provides a big leg up on the competition, including Amazon Web Services. This service gives developers a way to let their apps answer spoken or typed questions from users the same way that the first version of Watson answered questions…


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