The computer that defeated humanity’s finest Jeopardy players in February isn’t stopping at game show domination. Its creators have been busy retrofitting ‘Watson’ to help doctors diagnose and treat patients. (Source: Mashable)
IBM has partnerships with eight major universities to get medical data for Watson’s information base and to help find the best ways for physicians to use Watson.
Herbert Chase, a professor at Columbia University, has been working with IBM to turn Watson into a doctor’s assistant that can process all of the latest evidence-based medical information. The intention is not to one day replace doctors with Watson but to help them analyze data in a way that extends beyond human capabilities.