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IBM Is Counting on Its Bet on Watson, and Paying Big Money for It

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Ysabelle-S, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. Ysabelle-S

    Ysabelle-S Highly Vexatious

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    This looks interesting:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/17/t...-watson-and-paying-big-money-for-it.html?_r=0

     
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  2. flybro

    flybro Senior Member

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    Give it to the UK and I bet it would recommend CBT or GET ;)
     
  3. alex3619

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    AI is subject to the GIGO effect, or in this case BIBO, babble in, babble out. Humans are still needed in the loop. Its a useful tool otherwise.
     
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  4. Forbin

    Forbin Senior Member

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    Keep in mind that this is the computer that, when the Final Jeopardy question was in the category "U.S. Cities," answered... "Toronto." :)

     
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    LOL, Canada wants to be part of the USA ;)

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  6. Webdog

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    8 out of 9 ME/CFS sufferers remain undiagnosed. Many have been sick for years, yet remain undiagnosed.

    The bar has been set so low; I have no doubt a computer could do better.
     
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  8. BurnA

    BurnA Senior Member

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    You'd wonder if the doctors just did a Google search would they have found the same thing ?

    Sounds like the doctors just didn't know about some new or possibly new treatments.
    Is it more a poor reflection on the doctors than about how amazing Watson is ?
     
  9. CFS_for_19_years

    CFS_for_19_years Hoarder of biscuits

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    I watched the TV broadcast so I arrived at a good understanding of it. Watson is able to sift through thousands of scientific articles and find the best treatment for an individual patient. No doctor on earth has that sort of time. If you watched the video I think you'd come to the same conclusion that it is at the very least a valuable data mining instrument. If I had cancer I'd want to see what it could find.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/artificial-intelligence-making-a-difference-in-cancer-care/

     
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  10. Woolie

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    Hmmm, sounds like a first pass search only. I suspect it can't really tell good research from bad? Or even if it can do that a bit (e.g., look for key phrases like RCT etc.), it wouldn't have a very nuanced view. I also wonder how many of the "new treatments" it found not mentioned by doctors were things like reiki therapy?

    Perhaps it could be really useful if you could teach it the kinds of biases its likely to encounter in the information it processes. Maybe.
     
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  11. WIJan

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    Ysabelle I thought the same thing! I heard about the 60 Minutes segment on Watson and cancer then earlier this week CBS This Morning interviewed IBM CEO GInni Rometty about Watson and it's potential in medicine. It would be amazing to have ME/CFS research synthesized by Watson. I think the potential to identify promising research patterns sort out sub-types, link research and researchers, and more would facilitate progress on cause and treatment (and perhaps cure) of this disease tremendously!
     
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