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IBM's Watson Heads for Clinics, Spurring Debate



Reports of Watson's projected diagnostic prowess have fed fevered speculation that artificial intelligence is at long last about to make doctors obsolete. But IBM insists that's not Watson's role.



3 comments on "IBM's Watson Heads for Clinics, Spurring Debate"
bobstucco (2/18/2013 at 11:40 AM)

You're right about someone needing to do the hands-on evaluation, but with Watson, would that person still need to be a board-certified physician?
Jeff (2/16/2013 at 9:06 AM)

The phrase "thought he knew most everything" speaks volumes. Many physicians I know suffer from the cognitive bias of over-confidence, to the detriment of patients. Where Watson truly shines is in avoiding the cognitive biases that plague us humans.
J.Lord (2/14/2013 at 4:52 PM)

As a patient, I would welcome any technology that could diagnose and suggest treatment based on both historic and the most current data. No physician has the time to stay 100% current on all treatment options. We'll always need practitioners to do the human-to-human part of the exam [INVALID]'hands-on' and eye-to-eye feedback [INVALID] that machines will never replace.