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IBM Watson Makes its Move into Health

IBM is one of the biggest players in AI and cognitive computing research (e.g., natural language processing).

You might recall how IBM’s Watson supercomputer completely wrecked its competition in Jeopardy.

Here is an IBM sponsored video on Watson and its future applications.

As you can imagine, IBM isn’t limiting itself to Jeopardy (which was probably more of a marketing ploy).

In the news recently, IBM reportedly expanded its US federal healthcare practice to include big data analytics to improve clinical care.

Additionally, according to The Economic Times, given the data analysis capabilities of Watson, Watson might some day replace human doctors.

But I don’t think that argument holds much sway — I share Chomsky’s skepticism on the limits of cognitive research as a simulative mimicry of human ingenuity.