IBM plans to jumpstart Watson with a $100 million venture fund to build a business around the supercomputer that famously beat two human champions of the TV game show "Jeopardy!" in 2011.
The fund to boost startups building apps for Watson is part of a $1 billion investment in Watson that IBM CEO Ginni Rometty unveiled today in New York. The aim is to transform the machine designed to answer natural language questions into a real business. IBM will to devote 2,000 people to the effort in the new business unit.
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—By Arik Hesseldahl, recode.net.
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