NY / Region|Next Target for IBM’s Watson? Third-Grade Math

By ELIZABETH A. HARRISSeptember 27, 2016It knew enough about medical diagnoses and literature to beat “Jeopardy!” champions at their game, and has been put to use in cancer wards. Now, an IBM computer platform called Watson is taking on something really tough: teaching third-grade math.For the past two years, the IBM Foundation has worked with teachers and their union, the American Federation of Teachers, to build Teacher Advisor, a program that uses artificial-intelligence technology to answer questions from educators and help them build personalized lesson plans.By the end of the year, it will be available free to third-grade math teachers across the country and will add subject areas and grade levels over time.“The idea was to build a personal adviser, so a teacher would be able to find the best lesson and then…

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