Watson is now taking on the medical establishment -- and what an impact it will make in utilizing the ever-increasing mountain of medical research that doctors just can’t realistically keep up with.
And with approximately 20 percent of medical errors due to errors in diagnosis, one can’t imagine a physician not wanting Watson to provide assistance as he filters through the complex diagnostic options faced nearly every day in our busy hospitals and doctor’s offices.
So far, no medical trials involving Watson seem to exist, but I am sure they are just around the corner. Can you imagine Watson, or the inevitable variants that will emerge from the tech community, becoming part of the standard of care for patients? Will medical schools start routinely teaching new physicians how to use knowledge assistance/enhancement technologies in the same way engineers and scientist have used calculators, MATLAB, or even WolframAlpha for nearly all numerical calculations?
Technology is already making life better for doctors and patients with remarkable technologies for medical imaging, robot-assisted surgery, and implantable defibrillators, as just a few examples.
Jennings summed it up well as part of his response on Final Jeopardy: "I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords."