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IBM Watson Speeds Drug Research
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David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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8/28/2014 | 4:20:19 PM
Who would have guessed ...
... that the most valuable thing we could teach a computer to do was read really fast.
kstaron
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kstaron,
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8/28/2014 | 4:09:23 PM
Asset possibility
Interesting idea to use it to find connections in medical papers. This could be a real asset to companies trying to understand and develop treatments for all kinds of illnesses. I still want real people behind it though to verify that it's conclusions are viable.
Laurianne
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8/28/2014 | 2:37:41 PM
Re: Watson Pre-Announce-Re-Announce Syndrome
The medical research is much more interesting than Jeopardy, but little in the research world moves quickly.
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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8/28/2014 | 12:40:36 PM
Watson is not exactly comparable to iPad
I wouldn't compare an intuitive hand-held device to a technology that has to be trained to understand a body of knowledge. Apparently Baylor has come up with a toolkit that helps with loading of scientific papers related to medical research, but that was developed based on collaborative work dating back to 2012. This is not an out-of-the-box or out-of-the-cloud proposition. 
Ron_Hodges
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Ron_Hodges,
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8/28/2014 | 10:00:10 AM
Re: Watson Pre-Announce-Re-Announce Syndrome
Nobody knew what to do with iPads at first either, other than consume media and play games.
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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8/28/2014 | 9:35:12 AM
Watson Pre-Announce-Re-Announce Syndrome
IBM talked extensively about Discovery Advisor in January at a big Watson event in downtown NYC. The new news here is the cloud service release and the publication of Baylor's successful study, but you get the feeling that IBM would dearly love to get on the other side of these collaborative partnerships and into commercially successful implementations. In putting Watson under a PR microscope since the beginning by way of Jeopardy, IBM has put the pressure on to quickly mature a technology that has to go through the hype cycle like everything else. That could take years.
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