Sesame Workshop has joined forces with IBM to leverage the company’s Watson-branded cognitive computing technology in an effort to enhance preschool education worldwide.
The three-year deal will see the companies develop educational platforms and products engineered to adapt to individual preschoolers’ learning preferences and aptitude levels.
Designed for use in schools and at home, the tailored learning experiences will pull from Sesame’s 45-plus years of educational research and a multitude of studies on early childhood development, as well as IBM Watson’s expertise in natural language processing, pattern recognition and cognitive computing.
The companies will bring together leading teachers, academics, researchers, technologists, gamers, performers and media execs to test and share new product prototypes that will be refined over the course of the partnership.
Sesame recently formed an educational initiative with the Lego Foundation to promote learning through play in South Africa, Mexico and India.