Watson's unique and - dare we say it - human-like qualities make it an attractive tool for a variety of industries. Consider health care, for example. Imagine you enter a doctor's office for the first time and, with a few clicks of a mouse, your physician can look not only at your own medical records, but your family history, histories of people with similar symptoms, and the entire body of medical literature available. Today, when doctors make diagnoses, they're limited by the boundaries of their own knowledge and experience - a doctor in Alaska, for example, would not necessarily be able to immediately recognize the symptoms of, say, Lyme disease, which is found most commonly in New England. As a result, says Gold, about one in five diagnoses turn out to be incomplete or inaccurate. Watson can fill in those blanks.
The last time you saw Watson the supercomputer, he was probably cleaning up on Jeopardy! Now, he can be found in a variety of industries - from health care to finance.
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Watson After Jeopardy!
October 4, 2013
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