IBM Watson, does it have a future?
Hopefully Watson will have a different destiny than Deep Blue. Deep Blue was a similarly positioned project in late 90′ – it has beaten Garry Kasparov in chess and (for many) proved that computers are superior thinkers over humans. For IBM the game and final win was just a publicity stunt. As it fulfilled it purpose the team was slowly dismantled.
This time around IBM got Watson to win Jeopardy! A publicity stunt very similar to what they did to Deep Blue. Let’s hope its transformation into dr. Watson will save it from dying off as another PR project of a big company that can afford it for the fun of it.
WellPoint and IBM are working with oncology experts at the Cedars Sinai Cancer Institute in Los Angeles to educate Watson as a physician’s assistant. Watson, an IBM computing system proved on Jeopardy! that a computer can collect and understand vast amounts of information and provide answers.
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