IBM is looking for Israeli start-ups that can develop apps that actually think, as reported by the Times of Israel. IBM’s AlphaZone accelerator program will select 8 Israeli start-ups to participate in developing artificial intelligence technologies. The result may be reminiscent of IBM’s super computer Watson, who managed to win big in the American quiz game shoe Jeopardy!
Dror Pearl, head of IBM Israel’s Global Technology Unit, says that IBM is not just looking for start-ups that can develop artificial intelligence apps, but also cloud apps, mobile technology and internet of things solutions for smart devices. Companies will have until mid-November to sign up for a 24 week program that will give them access to IBM tech people, developers and facilities. There will be no obligation for companies to sell their technology to IBM and IBM will have no intellectual property rights over the apps. For IBM, the focus is to work with internet start-ups and to help them sell their apps to the benefit of all, said Pearl.