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IBM’s Watson supercomputer is taking a big step towards public use. Today, the company announced plans to open Watson up to developers in 2014, establishing an open platform and API that would let coders to build apps on top of the…
It would interesting to track the areas in which Watson will enter since it likely will be a force that transforms work in that area quite dramatically over time.
Watson is the supercomputing engine that beat the top two human competitors on the quiz show Jeopardy! this year, and Daniels is on the IBM team developing the software’s first commercial application as what could be a stunningly useful diagnostic assistant for doctors. If it works as envisioned, Watson could help doctors identify what is afflicting any patient and suggest a course of treatment.
With Watson, the company is also experimenting with a new business model: knowledge-as-a-service. Within two years, IBM says, it will begin charging health-care practitioners to log in to computers running the Watson software so they can get help cracking tough medical questions or finding the most cost-effective treatment.
I have reported on this before, but I think that this is worth tracking. Especially when it is presented together with interesting data like:
Studies have found that doctors misdiagnose patients 10 to 15 percent of the time, sometimes with fatal consequences.
I wonder when the first ad-financed version of Watson turn up as an iPhone app…
The computer can analyze about 200 million pages of data in less than three seconds, which could allow physician to more accurately diagnose and treat complex cases. Physicians could, for example, use Watson to consult medical records and the latest research findings for recommendations on treatment.
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