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
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
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
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
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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by Ravi Mandalia, Top Examiner
IBM has now buckled up Watson to put all its might into helping us strengthen our cyber security through the Watson for Cyber Security program.
The program is still in its beta and IBM is working with 40 of its clients to employ machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify and prioritize threats as a step towards ensuring greater security of information, and infrastructure. Continue reading IBM wants Watson to help in cyber security
by Assaf Baciu, WIRED
DEEPMIND has surpassed the human mind on the Go board. Watson has crushed America’s trivia gods on Jeopardy. But ask DeepMind to play Monopoly or Watson to play Family Feud, and they won’t even know where to start. Because these artificial intelligence engines weren’t specifically designed to play these games and aren’t smart enough to figure them out by themselves, they’ll give nonsensical answers. They’ll struggle greatly, and humans will outperform them—by a lot. Continue reading Artificial Intelligence Is More Artificial Than Intelligent
IBM today unveiled the experimental release of Project Intu, a new, system-agnostic platform designed to enable embodied cognition. The new platform allows developers to embed Watson functions into various end-user device form factors, offering a next generation architecture for building cognitive-enabled experiences.
Project Intu, in its experimental form, is now accessible via the Watson Developer Cloud and also available on Intu Gateway and GitHub. Continue reading IBM Launches Experimental Platform to Embed Watson in Any Device