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IBM partners with universities on Watson projects

May 6, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Watson is going to college.

Students at seven of the country's top computer science universities will get a chance to try out IBM's famous cognitive computing system as part of classes set for next fall.

As part of the partnership, which was set to be announced Wednesday, IBM says the students will use the "Jeopardy!" champion system to develop new cognitive computing applications for a variety of industries.

IBM Corp. says this is a unique opportunity for the students, because Watson isn't programed like traditional computers.

Instead of relying only on the information that's put into it, Watson learns by "reading" vast amounts of information and combining it with the results of previous work to find answers to problems, making it ideal for data-heavy industries.



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