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Submission + - Watson Pwns the best players in Jeopardy (

ShooterNeo writes: Watson takes the competition to the cleaners this round. The elegant part about it is that IBM has 'solved' the Jeopardy problem. As long as they save the software for this machine, they can win any Jeopardy match given anytime, anywhere.

What use is Watson? IBM hopes the same technology will be able to analyze patient medical files and pattern match with vast storehouses of medical information. The main reason objection to Nurse Practioners acting as primary care physicians is that they lack the education and experience to identify less common illnesses.

The most accurate method today for diagnosing a heart attack is not a top cardiologist but instead a static mathematical formula based on key syptoms. Sophisticated learning alogorithms on a supercomputer would be far superior to this, and would make possible for health care providers everywhere to diagnose patients correctly.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.