Friday, February 18, 2011

Watson, The Dawn Of A New Age?

Just a couple of days ago, Watson, an IBM Computer took part in Jeopardy, a quiz show that asks questions using metaphors, puns, wordplay and allusions.

Watson beat the competition hands down, you can watch the episodes from Jeopardy on Youtube below:

Watson's Jeopardy Episodes.

When they announced that the next use for Watson would be in the field of medicine, trying to determine the answers to problems from voluminous amounts of information, I couldn't help but think of the Emergency Medical Program from Star Trek's Voyager TV Show.

Will this program revolutionize our search for answers, leaving humankind to do more important things like being creative and loving one another?

For now, I can't wait to hear a computer program greet me with "Please state the nature of your medical emergency."

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