X Prize is responsible for some of the loftiest research challenges on and off the planet. It's behind the world's first private space race to reach the moon; last year, an Israeli team marked a major milestone when it said its lunar lander had scored a seat on an upcoming rocket launch. Partnering with Qualcomm, X Prize is also running a $10 million competition to produce the real-life version of the medical tricorder from "Star Trek," which can diagnose health issues with the wave of a wand.
This latest competition on AI and cognitive computing appears to draw inspiration from a previous X Prize contest announced in 2014, also in partnership with TED. That project initially proposed having an AI actually give a TED talk, and the winning AI would be the one that received a standing ovation.
This year's announcement seems a little more open-ended, and we could find it going in any number of directions by the time it concludes in 2020. Along the way, contestants will have the chance to compete for interim prizes each year.
It's time to put your robot thinking caps on and get to work.