Work for Watson

    Watson supercomputer has already proved its worth and seriousness to the world by defeating two absolute champions of the game Jeopardy! - the prototype of "His game." The impressive debut, which took place in 2010, could not have been unnoticed - at the same time, many critics drew the attention of the public to the fact that such an intellect would not be put to practical use in the next few years.

    Contrary to skeptics, early next year, Watson will begin to bring practical benefits to all people - WellCare, a provider of various US healthcare services, has signed a contract with IBM to use the power of a supercomputer to process various medical data for patients with cancer, chronic diseases and other serious forms diseases.

    The main task of Watson will be to help medical staff more effectively deal with complex cases in patients, and therefore will initially process the data of cancer patients. Information processed by the DeepQA system will be available to doctors on computers and tablets, in the hospital or over the network.

    In addition, WellCare plans to create an application that allows the patient directly to receive various information about their own state of health, doctor's recommendations and other data that may be necessary in a difficult situation.

    The undoubted advantage of Watson in this, frankly, non-standard area for supercomputer computing is the ability to understand and analyze close to spoken English, as well as the ability to give a logical answer. It is possible that in the future he will listen to what the patient says to the doctor and offer his own vision of the problem and help with the diagnosis in a difficult situation.

    In a sense, data processing in Watson’s system is carried out by the human brain emulator, which, although it allows an erroneous answer, ranks the conclusions according to a certain “confidence” algorithm, as it is not an easy job to answer for people's lives.


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