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Will IBM's Watson save your life?

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, March 1, 2011

   IBM’s Jeopardy  playing computer, may someday save your life.   I’m Fred Fishkin with technology BootCamp, a report on gadgets and gear.      The IBM computer known as Watson, not only beat the best human Jeopardy players ever,  it wasn’t even close.   And now the company is plugging all of that processing power into the field of healthcare in partnership with Nuance Communications.   The idea is to make it simple for doctors to tap into a vast storage of historical and new information that Watson tailors to a given situation quickly and even by voice.  Dr. Marty Kohn of IBM Research…

“This will be a tool for physicians that they will turn to when they need it just as they use other tools right now.  Many physicians use electronic sources when they need to have their knowledge or decision making supplemented.   This will be a tool that does that in a much more sophisticated and robust way.”

Initially the research will involve Columbia University and the University of Maryland.   You can find us at BootCamp.com.   I’m Fred Fishkin.

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