Watson’s potential applications in healthcare have been a subject of discussion since its debut. According to American Medical News, IBM has partnerships with eight major universities to get medical data for Watson’s information base and to help find the best ways for physicians to use Watson.
A professor at Columbia University, one of those partner schools, has articulated more specifically how Watson might one day enhance healthcare.
“It’s been impossible for probably 20 or 30 years for a human to process the information required to practice medicine at the highest, evidence-based, guideline-based level,” Herbert Chase, a professor of clinical medicine, recently told university newspaper The Record.
If a computer can win at “Jeopardy,” can one grade the essays of freshmen? At George Mason University Saturday, at the Fourth International Conference on Writing Research, the Educational Testing Service presented evidence that a pilot test of automated grading of freshman writing placement tests at the New Jersey Institute of Technology showed that computer programs can be trusted with the job. The NJIT results represent the first “validity testing” — in which a series of tests are conducted to make sure that the scoring was accurate — that ETS has conducted of automated grading of college students’ essays. Based on the positive results, ETS plans to sign up more colleges to grade placement tests in this way — and is already doing so.
No, no, no, no, no. Unless that machine understands nuance, style and well-formed arguments, NO.
In the second day of Jeopardy‘s three day “Man vs. Machine” special, Watson wiped the floor with Ken Jennings (a 74-time champion) and Brad Rutter (a 20-time champion). Ken Jennings ended day two with $4,800 and Brad Rutter ended with $10,400, while Watson took home $35,734 in prize winnings. Out of 30 answers, Watson was first to buzz in on 25 of them, getting all but one of them right.
Very little stumped IBM’s artificial intelligence project. It even knew about Saturday Night Live‘s Church Lady character. Watson got an answer about art wrong, and it was stumped on an answer about a theft of a Titian portrait, though nobody had the correct response.