IBM Opens Its Artificial Mind To The World

Artificial intelligence is the big, oft-misconstrued catchphrase of the day, making headlines in recent days with the launch of the new OpenAI organization, backed by Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and other tech luminaries. AI is neither a synonym for killer robots nor a technology of the future, but one that is already finding new signals in the vast noise of collected data ranging from weather reports to social media chatter to temperature sensor readings. Today IBM has opened up new access to its AI system, called Watson, with a set of application programing interfaces (APIs) that allow other companies and organizations to feed their data into IBM’s big brain for analysis. Real AI isn’t about building a know-it-all computer, but rather one that’s a good learner, able to sort overwhelming…


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