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IBM’s Watson Already Halfway Through Med School

watson jeopardy IBMs Watson Already Halfway Through Med School

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Beating the pants of humans in Jeopardy apparently wasn’t enough of  challenge for IBM’s natural language super-computer, Watson.

Like all good doctors, Watson lives in the suburbs of Yorktown Heights a short train ride above Manhattan, where it is consuming Medline, Pubmed and just about every textbook it can get its hands on.

“It’s all the information you’d need to be as good as the smartest second year med student,” Dr. Eliot Siegel, IBM’s partner on the project, told Forbes.

So far Watson has only been tasked with answering the puzzle questions from the New England Journal of Medicine. But soon the folks at IBM will start loading him up with patient data so that Watson can take a crack at diagnosis.

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