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The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, a Cognitive Computing Competition, was announced on the TED Stage on Feb 17, 2016. It is a $5 million competition challenging teams from around the world to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful cognitive technologies to tackle some of the world’s grand challenges.

Every year leading up to TED2020, teams will go head-to-head at World of Watson, IBM’s annual conference, competing for interim prizes and the opportunity to advance to the next year’s competition.

The three finalist teams will take the TED stage in 2020 to deliver jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring TED Talks demonstrating what they have achieved.

Ideas will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges for technical validity and ultimately, the TED and XPRIZE communities will choose the winner based on the audacity of their mission and the awe-inspiring nature of the teams’ TED Talks in 2020.

IBM believes this competition can accelerate the creation of landmark breakthroughs that deliver new, positive impacts to peoples’ lives, and the transformation of industries and professions.

We believe that cognitive technologies like Watson represent an entirely new era of computing, and that we are forging a new partnership between humans and technology that will enable us to address many of humanity’s most significant challenges — from climate change, to education, to healthcare.

Typical of all XPRIZE competitions, the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE will crowdsource solutions from some of the most brilliant thinkers and entrepreneurs around the world, creating true exponential impact.

Complete rules and guidelines will be made available in May.


XPRIZE is an educational (501c3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, thereby inspiring the formation of new industries and the revitalization of markets that are currently stuck due to existing failures or a commonly held belief that a solution is not possible. XPRIZE addresses the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself. It motivates and inspires brilliant innovators from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital.


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Fludderlumpagoose Thethird says:

I wanted to meet smartass Watson!? we need a Jarvis friend.

Fest Theory says:

Big boys with big toys based on fuzzy logic, expert systems, neural networks, strong AI, general AI… make “falsification of forgery”. Very ingenious, by overwriting and upgrading previous solutions. Like the children’s game of “deaf phone” where the final sentence/task does not have many similarities with the beginning. In the basis of today’s “software with AI” has nothing in common with human thinking so that there is no significant results. Start (origin of original ) in making AI is crucial ( what has been missing)… And it is done. The human evolution must perform / accomplish the evolution of intelligence, but I have found only “the evolution of emotions”. These three processes intersect at one point – baby .That is not an evolutionary mistake, on the contrary, that is the key element. By observing his mother’s behavior, a process called MSP/multi self-projection passively occurs in baby’s brain when child perceives guardians body as his own. That way infant’s CNS immediately learns the shortest way to get something done which enables the creation of many more similar thinking processes till the moment when a minimal number of thinking processes (ADAM’S NUMBER) are required in order to effect of self-consciousness arise. How they are connected…some other time…

The Operatic Vlogs says:

I have one big worry. Charles Lindbergh's flight and the prize that resulted in that outcome, the motivation for Peter creating the foundation in the first place, worked precisely because they specified an end goal. In Peter's books, Abundance and Bold, the specificity of the end goal is one of the major tasks in designing an X Prize. Without such a goal, people will just aim for shit like "let's design a robot that has a voice that can pass for human". I get it's a very fast moving field but if that's the case, make the end goal something that seems utterly inconceivable today. Use the time to highlight the speed of advancement of the field, point out it's more doable than you might think and actively DARE them to try. While we might not have a fully sentient C-3PO, you would still probably get better results.

The Blue Farmer says:

First they did our work then they did out thinking.

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