IBM and eight universities from around the world will collaborate on developing the company's Watson supercomputer and the question-answering technology behind it.
IBM's Watson supercomputer uses QA technology. Photo credit: IBM
The Watson supercomputer will appear on US quiz show Jeopardy to compete against humans.
The universities signed up to advance Watson's question-answering (QA) technology include: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and its Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab; University of Texas, which will collaborate on automated reasoning and common sense; University of Southern California, which will focus on information extraction and parsing; and Carnegie Mellon, which already contributed algorithms to Watson.
The plan is to develop an open architecture — including open source software — so researchers can collaborate on Watson's QA technology and apply those enhancements in the field.
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