Putting marquee technology at the service of students.
Education has long been a focus at IBM—back in 1946 the company joined forces with Columbia University to create the first academic program called “computer science.” But in recent years, Big Blue has ramped up its education efforts, not only working with an increasing number of high schools and universities to set up technical curriculum but also developing more and more software tools for educators.
It’s not a purely altruistic mission. In late 2015 CEO Ginni Rometty formed the Watson Education business unit, which aims to sell IBM’s much-hyped cognitive computing system to schools. The goal? Help educators improve and personalize student outcomes. Oh yeah, and show the world what Watson can do.
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