IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Becoming The Best Doctor?

Coincidentally we had a few IBM researchers, including elements from the Watson team, visiting our department (Integrated Mathematical Oncology) today. Good stuff but to be a doctor you need more than data, you also need a biological understanding. Which is why I think they came to visit and why I think a collaboration could work.

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An interesting article was published on Business Insider. I’m not saying it’s technically impossible for an algorithm to become better at making diagnoses than a human, but it certainly should not be the ultimate goal in medicine. This is why I’m writing now my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, to underscore this notion with stories and practical examples.

A quote from the article:

“Watson, the supercomputer that is now the world Jeopardy champion, basically went to med school after it won Jeopardy,” MIT’s Andrew McAfee, coauthor of The Second Machine Age, said recently in an interview with Smart Planet. “I’m convinced that if it’s not already the world’s best diagnostician, it will be soon.”

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