The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a $5 million competition, challenging teams globally to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world’s grand challenges. The prize aims to accelerate adoption of AI technologies and spark creative, innovative, and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable and solve societal grand challenges. To encourage innovation in any form, the competition is an open challenge in AI. Rather than set a single, universal goal for all teams, this competition will invite teams to each create their own goal and solution to a grand challenge. The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a four-year competition with annual milestone competitions in 2017 and 2018. The top three finalists will compete for the Grand Prize at TED 2020.

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  • 90% of the data in the world has been created in the last two years alone.
  • 2.5 quintillion bytes (quintillion = one billion billion) of data is produced every day, from sensors, mobile devices, online transactions, and social networks.
  • What if humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to gather, analyze and tackle the world’s Grand Challenges?

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Media Mentions

June 27, 2016
IBM Watson and XPRIZE have linked up to offer millions in prizes for using artificial intelligence to solve a "grand challenge." Here's what they're looking for in a winner.
February 17, 2016

A new, multiyear competition to build the world's coolest artificial intelligence could win you $5 million. The prize for the challenge comes from IBM, TED and the XPRIZE Foundation, who want to stimulate research on AI "to tackle some of the world's grand challenges."

February 17, 2016

On Wednesday morning at TED2016, The XPRIZE Foundation founder Peter Diamandis and IBM Watson general manager David Kenny jointly announced the launch of a new XPRIZE competition focused on artificial intelligence. 

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