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MWC: IBM wants developers to take Watson mobile

Thinking machine will rule your apps
Thu Feb 27 2014, 13:20

BARCELONA: BIG BLUE IBM has challenged developers to take its game show-winning supercomputer Watson to mobile.

IBM CEO Ginny Rometty outlined the challenge during a keynote speech at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Wednesday. The challenge will run for three months under IBM's newly-formed Watson Group, and she urged developers to create consumer and business apps powered by IBM's cognitive computer system.

IBM Watson supercomputer
Rometty said, "When I look at the mobile landscape I don't see it as a group of individual companies. I see it as a mobile ecosystem," adding that she views Watson as part of this growing ecosystem.

"I want to make an offer to you. We're going to offer the Watson Mobile Developer Challenge," she said. "Watson is a service, but now we are opening it up as an ecosystem. An ecosystem of content providers, software developers and clients to build businesses on top of Watson."

Once the three months is up, IBM will pick three standout applications and give the teams behind the applications seed funding. The winners will also join the Watson Ecosystem Programme and will work with IBM's Interactive Experience consulting practice to design and support the application, then if all goes to plan they see their applications marketed commercially.

"We will help commercialise, and help these companies go to market," Rometty added, no doubt hoping that taking Watson mobile will boost IBM's hardware, software and services revenues.

"You run a business today and you reinvent it for the future at the same time. You go through these transitions. If you try to compare today to the past, today the speed is much faster," she added. µ


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