IBM hopes its Watson will become doctor’s sidekick
by Elizabeth Stawicki, Minnesota Public Radio
June 13, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Remember Watson, the IBM supercomputer which made headlines last year by trouncing the top two contestants on the TV game show, Jeopardy?
Watson’s million-dollar prize went to charity and now Big Blue is seeking gainful employment for Watson other than as a professional game show contestant.
Today, IBM’s chief medical scientist visited a Minneapolis hospital to talk about how Watson’s artificial intelligence could help doctors wade through loads of research data and apply that knowledge to treating patients.
Dr. Martin Kohn, chief medical scientist at IBM Research, talks about how supercomputer Watson might be used in the health care industry Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Watson is IBM’s artificial intelligence computer system most famous for winning the quiz show Jeopardy. (MPR Photo/Jennifer Simonson)