IBM WatsonIBM’s Watson supercomputer power has increased

IBM is the first to show its supercomputer Watson over a year ago, when he took part in the game show Jeopardy. After Watson defeated other participants, IBM said that they see a bright future on the computer in medicine.

After participating in Jeopardy, IBM engineers have begun further improvement Watson, and began to load in this machine health information to Watson became the world’s first supercomputer, able to diagnose patients in the hospital.

As described in the IBM, since, as Watson took part in Jeopardy, the power of this machine has grown by 240%, in addition, since the memory Watson have been downloaded about 600,000 medical databases, 1.5 million medical diagnoses, about 2,000,000 articles from medical articles and nearly 1,500 records of patients with lung cancer.

All these data supercomputer to be “digested” and on the basis of their neuron-like architecture, learn how to set reasonable and plausible diagnoses for patients transferring to Watson any background information. In IBM also said that since the Jeopardy several advanced logic algorithm Watson, so he spent less computational resources for multi-dimensional analysis of input data.

Eliot Siegel, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said other artificial intelligence programs that were used in the health sector have been much slower and more limited in use. They have also been substantially reduced as a physical knowledge of a particular disease or symptom.

“Sometimes doctors are too overworked and many jobs would be appropriate to pass on to artificial intelligence”, – he said.

Siegel said that in the near future, Watson is unlikely to make the diagnosis, but in the more distant future, when the computer to miss a lot of the bases of medical data, manuals and records, this possibility can not be ruled out. “The computer could be entrusted with the task of reporting, cleaning old magazines, and many other tasks, the fulfillment of which have real doctors do not have time,” – says Siegel.

According to engineers, about two years Watson will “learn” that is passed through the medical records themselves, he studied the medical literature and try to diagnose patients based on data analyzes.