IBM's Watson Saves the Life of Patient by Correctly Indentifying Her Disease

Human doctors couldn't figure it out

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Sun, Dec 4th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Futurism, the age of artificial intelligence is "officially upon us." Reportedly, IBM's Watson was able to save the life of a Japanese woman after correctly identifying her disease, something that human doctors had not been able to do.

The key to this success is the AI’s ability to take a massive amount of data and analyze it quickly. This is something that human physicians, sadly, cannot do themselves (or at least, they can’t do it with nearly the accuracy or efficiency). The system looked at the woman’s genetic information and compared it to 20 million clinical oncology studies. After doing so, it determined that the patient had an exceedingly rare form of leukemia.

Initially, the woman had been diagnosed with, and treated for, acute myeloid leukemia; however, she failed to respond to the traditional treatment methods, which perplexed doctors.

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