IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Is About To Start Helping Real People With Medical Problems | Gizmodo Australia

Last year, Watson beat humans in a battle of wits. Starting this fall, IBM’s insanely intelligent supercomputer will begin diagnosing patients at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer centre.

For the past six months, Watson has been working on a virtual residency of sorts, learning how to practice medicine through simulations carried out using an app IBM created. But sometime this fall, the robot will start seeing actual patients. Watson will essentially take data from a person’s chart, crunch it through some algorithms, and come up with a couple of plans of action. For example, it might suggest two courses of chemotherapy, but it will also say that it has a 90 per cent level of confidence in one and just 75 per cent in the other. That’s when an actual doctor would come in and make the final decision.

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