It's called the Holy Grail of computing — developing a machine to think on its own, to learn and to use common sense.
The partnership could position Yahoo to take the lead in developing the next generation of intuitive technology, said Jim Gunderson, president of Denver-based Gamma Two Robotics. The Carnegie Mellon-Yahoo team is strong and the timing is ideal, said Gunderson, who predicted 2014 will be the year of artificial intelligence.
“There's a lot of money at stake,” Gunderson said, mentioning intuitive computer technology could generate hundreds of billions of dollars. “For a company like Yahoo, coming up with a better Siri is a big advantage.”
Yahoo and Carnegie Mellon kept details of the partnership secret before the announcement. A media advisory on Monday said the collaboration would include a “significant financial contribution,” but Yahoo and university officials declined to disclose the amount.