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[Science]Watson Better than MDs at Diagnosing Cancer

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout' started by rimrocker, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. rimrocker

    rimrocker Contributing Member

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    I think the future may be here. This is astounding...

     
  2. BDswangHTX

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    awesome. things like this are where society should really focus it's efforts in advancing technology, and not putting out a new iPhone every other year.
     
  3. SwoLy-D

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    Also knowing the difference between "it's" and "its"! ;)
     
  4. Air Langhi

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    Next job to get outsources to technology. How soon is it before the computers decide humans are no longer needed?
     
  5. heypartner

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    I bet you Watson is better at controlling all army drones, too.

    j/k Giving doctors the ability to ask Watson questions sound great.

    *as long as* it doesn't become a de facto standard whereby doctors are forced to get advice from Watson to avoid lawsuits.

    btw: Article title is misleading. It doesn't say Watson will provide the diagnosis. It says Watson is a resource for doctors to use while making diagnosis.
     
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    I, for one, welcome our new supercomputer MD overlords.
     
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    i like the idea of using Watson for sheer computing and analysis purpose but the data being fed has to be accurate.. otherwise this could lead to misdiagnosis
     
  9. Yonkers

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    That's no different than any of the articles or books that the doctors are currently reading. So I don't see any downside to it. Especially if it's smart enough to cross reference the data from many articles and cull out the outliers.
     
  10. heypartner

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    But what if heathcare companies start competing on price for computer-aided diagnosis and some recruit Dr Watson's who got their degree from DeVry instead of IBM. Should we only allow IBM grads to work at hospitals?
     
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    Tomorrow
     
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    Very misleading article.

    Having said that, I'm excited at the prospects of "smarter" technology in a field inundated with data.
     
  13. Cowboy_Bebop

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    Quantum computing can't come soon enough.
     
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    The perils of typing on a tablet.
     
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    Certain rats and dogs trained to detect the chemistry of active cancer are also better than MDs, FWIW.

    It's just very hard for a human being to read images for cancer. I've seen some data of leading pathologists trying to read samples. This is like 50 people and there are usually at *least* 10 pathologists saying "that's not cancer" while 40 say it is.

    I'm not knocking medicine, but it's part art, part science for a human trying to figure this out.
     
  16. rimrocker

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    From the article:

     
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    There are a lot of bad doctors. Always get a 2nd opinion.
     
  18. Dr of Dunk

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    If there are a lot of them, what's to say the 2nd opinion isn't bad, too? :D
     
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    Chess > Cancer
     
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    how long before watson can perform any surgery when you jump inside his bed.
     

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