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Man and machine: Cognitive computing in the enterprise | #watson #healthcare

Man and machine: Cognitive computing in the enterprise | #watson #healthcare | Cyborgs_Transhumanism |
So Watson can win a TV game show, but what’s that got to do with the enterprise? Elaine Graham investigates cognitive computing

In May 1997, a smart new computer built by IBM, called ‘Deep Blue’, trounced the world chess master, Gary Kasparov.  

In February 2011, IBM did it again: its latest intelligent computer, dubbed Watson after IBM’s founder, bested the two reigning champions of the popular quiz game, Jeopardy!  This was a showcase moment for IT, ushering in a new era of computing: machines that can think and communicate in a human-like way.

Needless to say, Watson did not appear fully formed from the drawing tables of IBM.  Bringing it into being was the result of many decades of industry research in artificial intelligence (AI), the internet, search engine technology, robotics, natural language QA, analytics, and a host of other innovations.

During the contest, Watson – which was not connected to the Internet during the show – sifted, sorted, compared, matched, analysed and crunched millions of pages of information on dozens of possible topics, which had been fed in beforehand.

It then rated possible answers according to degrees of confidence, selected the best answer, and issued them in a voice that was hard to distinguish from the two human panellists. It accomplished all of this in under three seconds.

Via Wildcat2030
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What of Watson in the workplace?  Zachary Lemnios, vice president of strategy for IBM Research, says:  "Watson demonstrates that cognitive computing is real and delivering value today. It’s already starting to transform the ways clients navigate big data and is creating new insights in healthcare.” 


Since Jeopardy!, Watson has been working with oncologists at the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York to make diagnoses, map care pathways and train students.


This application plays to Watson’s strength, helping doctors stay up to date with streams of information on latest trends, best practices and breakthroughs, and crunching hundreds of thousands of archived case histories to spot patterns, anomalies and indicators for best treatment.


Watson is also being piloted in call centres, analysing customer data and providing agents with virtual real-time responses, with an automated version of Watson perhaps replacing CSRs at some point.  

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Mind over matter helps paralysed woman control robotic arm

Mind over matter helps paralysed woman control robotic arm | Cyborgs_Transhumanism |

A woman who is paralysed from the neck down has stunned doctors with her extraordinary skill at using a robotic arm that is controlled by her thoughts alone.
The 52-year-old patient, called Jan, lost the use of her limbs more than 10 years ago to a degenerative disease that damaged her spinal cord. The disruption to her nervous system was the equivalent to having a broken neck.
But in training sessions at the University of Pittsburgh, doctors found she quickly learned to make fluid movements with the brain-controlled robotic arm, reaching levels of performance never seen before.

Via Szabolcs Kósa
Szabolcs Kósa's curator insight, December 17, 2012 3:20 PM

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