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

AI Lawyer “Ross” Has Been Hired By Its First Official Law Firm

by Cecille De Jesus, Futurism

ROSS: A VERY SMART ARTIFICIAL CO-WORKER

Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they are employing IBM’s AI Ross to handle their bankruptcy practice, which at the moment consists of nearly 50 lawyers. According to CEO and co-founder Andrew Arruda, other firms have also signed licenses with Ross, and they will also be making announcements shortly. Continue reading AI Lawyer “Ross” Has Been Hired By Its First Official Law Firm

AI takeover: Japanese insurance firm replaces 34 workers with IBM Watson

by Jessica Goodfellow, The Drum

While artificial intelligence has altruistic roots, intended to make everyday tasks easier and remove the possibility of human error, news this week that a Japanese insurance firm is making 34 employees redundant and replacing them with IBM Watson technology hints at a darker reality that could see human beings in administrative jobs become obsolete. Continue reading AI takeover: Japanese insurance firm replaces 34 workers with IBM Watson

New AI To Take On World’s Best Poker Players

by Patrick Caughill, Futurism

RISE OF THE (GAMING) MACHINES

As time progresses, we hear of more and more artificial intelligence (AI) systems being developed that can defeat the world’s greatest game players. It’s pretty much a constant one-upping of Tall Tales for the information age. But instead of John Henry versus the steam-powered hammer at steel driving, we began our new era in 1997 with Garry Kasparov versus IBM’s Deep Blue at chess. Continue reading New AI To Take On World’s Best Poker Players

Our Automated Future

by Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker

How long will it be before you lose your job to a robot?

There are many accounts of the genesis of Watson. The most popular, which is not necessarily the most accurate—and this is the sort of problem that Watson himself often stumbled on—begins in 2004, at a steakhouse near Poughkeepsie. One evening, an I.B.M. executive named Charles Lickel was having dinner there when he noticed that the tables around him had suddenly emptied out. Instead of finishing their sirloins, his fellow-diners had rushed to the bar to watch “Jeopardy!” This was deep into Ken Jennings’s seventy-four-game winning streak, and the crowd around the TV was rapt. Not long afterward, Lickel attended a brainstorming session in which participants were asked to come up with I.B.M.’s next “grand challenge.” The firm, he suggested, should take on Jennings.

I.B.M. had already fulfilled a similar “grand challenge” seven years earlier, with Deep Blue. The machine had bested Garry Kasparov, then the reigning world chess champion, in a six-game match. To most people, beating Kasparov at chess would seem a far more impressive feat than coming up with “Famous First Names,” say, or “State Birds.” But chess is a game of strictly defined rules. The open-endedness of “Jeopardy!”—indeed, its very goofiness—made it, for a machine, much more daunting.

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