IBM’s Watson gives proper diagnosis for Japanese leukemia patient after doctors were stumped for months

IBM’s Watson gives proper diagnosis for Japanese leukemia patient after doctors were stumped for months

by Alfred Ng, NY Daily News

It turns out the world’s smartest supercomputer is a pretty good doctor, too.

Five years after dominating geniuses in its debut on Jeopardy!, IBM’s Watson is still putting human intelligence to shame.

The artificial intelligence machine correctly diagnosed a 60-year-old woman’s rare form of leukemia within 10 minutes — a medical mystery that doctors had missed for months at the University of Tokyo.

Doctors were stumped after treatment for the original leukemia diagnosis didn’t work, leading them to plug the patient’s genetic information into Watson’s program for answers, the University of Tokyo reported.

The supercomputer sifted through 20 million cancer research papers, and came up with the proper diagnosis within 10 minutes, suggesting a new treatment that has since been more effective, according to Silicon Angle.

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