When the term “Artificial Intelligence” gets thrown around, images are immediately conjured of fire-spewing killer robots playing chess against a post-apocalyptic backdrop. And when they aren’t busy terminating, they’re swamped winning millions of dollars on a certain trivia-based game show.
Yeah, film isn’t too friendly to the kind of high-level technology that’s making waves across the world. However, fiction is no reason to discount the amazing benefits technologically advanced computer systems are making in the world of healthcare.
Enter Watson, IBM’s next generation technology that can understand natural language, reason with confidence and learn from its mistakes.
Inherent game show skills aside, IBM are exploring whether Watson could be used to help clinicians save lives through better understanding the signs and symptoms of early stage melanoma, and they need you (yes, you) to help Watson get smarter.
Get to know Watson
Watson is a truly fascinating creation that literally learns by learning. It was first developed in IBM’s DeepQA project by a man named David Ferrucci and takes its name from IBM’s first CEO, Thomas J. Watson. It’s been dubbed the “smartest machine on earth” and uses evidence, analysis and reason to come to its conclusions.
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