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IBM's Watson to help diagnose cancer

Elementary, my dear Watson! – IBM’s Watson to become Dr. Watson

IBM’s Watson supercomputer has had a few moments in the spotlight over recent years, most notably perhaps when it beat the human competition in the US game show Jeopardy, but it’s much more than a quiz champion.  It is now going to be used to help diagnose symptoms that could be linked to Cancer.  Watson is designed to replicate cognitive functions, focussing mainly on interpreting language and providing well-founded responses; but what makes Watson different is that it’s knowledge isn’t native to itself, it has to learn it through scouring multiple resources; similar to how many of you would if you were seeking an answer yourself.
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