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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.


RoboEarth Teaches Robots to Learn From Peers 97

mikejuk writes "A world wide web for robots? It sounds like a crazy idea, but it could mean that once a task is learned, any robot can find out how to do it just by asking RoboEarth. From the article: 'It's not quite war-ready, but a new Skynet-like initiative called RoboEarth could have you reaching for your guide to automaton Armageddon sooner than you think. The network, which is dubbed the "World Wide Web for robots," was designed by a team of European scientists and engineers to allow robots to learn from the experience of their peers, thus enabling them to take on tasks that they weren't necessarily programmed to perform. Using a database with intranet and internet functionality, the system collects and stores information about object recognition, navigation, and tasks and transmits the data to robots linked to the network. Basically, it teaches machines to learn without human intervention.'"

Armed Robot Drones To Join UK Police Force 311

Lanxon writes "British criminals should soon prepare to be shot at from unmanned airborne police robots. Last month it was revealed that modified military aircraft drones will carry out surveillance on everyone from British protesters and antisocial motorists to fly-tippers. But these drones could be armed with tasers, non-lethal projectiles and ultra-powerful disorienting strobe lighting apparatus, reports Wired. The flying robot fleet will range from miniature tactical craft such as the miniature AirRobot being tested by one police force, to BAE System's new 12m-wide armed HERTI drone as flown in Afghanistan."

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