The computer that beat humans on “Jeopardy” is now contemplating TED’s big ideas.
The Watson-TED partnership began last winter when Dario Gil, a VP of Science and Technology for IBM Research, met TED.com editor Emily McManus backstage after giving a talk. They chatted about the possibilities of applying the powerful Watson technology to TED’s video archives.
This year, IBM developers started playing with the data. For about two months, a team of eight worked on the project under wraps, referring to the effort as Secret Squirrel.
The result is what Kai Young, IBM Watson Group program director, calls a "discovery engine."