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This is a very beneficial advancement in computing capability, but it will also cut down on the human effort in whatever task they take on. We were told that outsourcing manufacturing jobs was ok, because we would have a knowledge economy. As automation continues to cut jobs, new artificial intelligence systems will be encoroaching on the very knowledge jobs that were supposed to be safe.
1 posted on 02/09/2013 5:14:04 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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And what if Watson decides you’re just not worth the effort? Or is a death panel made up of ones and zeros somehow more noble?


2 posted on 02/09/2013 5:18:15 PM PST by Wolfie
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The IBM Watson system gained fame by beating human contestants on the television quiz show Jeopardy! almost two years ago.

The only problem is that all diagnoses are provided in the form of a question.

3 posted on 02/09/2013 5:21:58 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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IBM is always claiming to be “building a smarter planet”. Then how come every time I look the planet seems to be getting dumber by the hour?

But my real point is that IBM is great at marketing their supposed breakthroughs - I personally take much (most) of what they say with a rather large grain of salt. Sure you can do a demo that wow’s the punters but somehow most of these demos never really make it all the way to daily life.


4 posted on 02/09/2013 5:23:23 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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This thread is worthless without pictures...


8 posted on 02/09/2013 5:47:25 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps
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House - without the attitude.


10 posted on 02/09/2013 6:04:02 PM PST by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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The Obamacare machine


12 posted on 02/09/2013 6:05:39 PM PST by bigbob
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Manufacturing jobs were replaced at a speed that was barely acceptable, thus initially giving a cover for outsourcing. This time around, it is getting both the people that moved up “as they were supposed to” from manufacturing as well as people that have grown up with advanced technology jobs. In addition, the world is being used as leverage against those in the US - to where it makes no sense for many to study for professions too easily sent elsewhere.

If you want to pin it on government, you can look at the market distortions that guest worker programs provide as well as the lack of enforcement of existing immigration laws.


14 posted on 02/09/2013 6:11:35 PM PST by setha (It is past time for the United States to take back what the world took away.)
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Garbage in, garbage out. First rule of computing.


15 posted on 02/09/2013 6:31:03 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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Very cool indeed!

Just having a physician check to see what this thing says could be beneficial. Every dr can’t know the latest research based on real data.

Half the physicians are below average after all, and this might help them make better decisions. A patient will benefit. It’s good to improve the odds when YOU go in for treatment.


18 posted on 02/09/2013 6:50:15 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it)
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On the bright side, Watson could pull together information from 100,000s cases and see connections among treatments that work that the individual oncologist might not know exist, leading to better outcomes. For example, the results of a couple of simple tests usually not associated with cancer screening, combined with some patient history might lead Watson to recommend a course of treatment that the doctor wouldn’t have considered, even though Watson shows that that treatment for patients with those test results has a better chance of working.


22 posted on 02/09/2013 7:21:07 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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Besides assisting in focusing patient treatment options, I wonder if the system could be used just to synthesize important conclusions (that have not yet been noticed) from the massive amount of biomedical research.


26 posted on 02/10/2013 12:45:28 AM PST by wideminded
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