IBM Courts Coders with Watson

ENLARGE IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty Photo: Reuters By Rachael King Nov. 11, 2016 3:45 p.m. ET 3 COMMENTS International Business Machines Corp. showed off its artificial intelligence software this week for use as a foundation for programmers, as it welcomed about 1,300 software developers to the first Watson Developer Conference in San Francisco. Watson in 2011 famously beat human contestants on the television game show “Jeopardy,” and IBM went on to apply the technology to helping doctors diagnose and treat cancer. Since then, the technology has evolved into a collection of software that dispenses human-like conversation, vision, and learning functions over the internet, and IBM aims to attract more software developers who would embed its computer smarts in their own programs. While other companies that have built artificial intelligence engines have focused on…

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