The promise of AI does not meet the hype: IBM Watson fails in the real world

Given the explosion of medical information, AI makes so much conceptual sense in diagnosis and treatment. We want to believe it will work. But the most advanced system to date, IBM’s Watson, seems to be faltering. The Wall Street Journal reports on the challenge faced by IBM in the AI revolution. Stat reports that Watson may be giving out erroneous information in the treatment of cancer patients. Here is more background in an ungated article from The Atlantic. Are we trying too hard to make AI breakthroughs at the upper end of speciality care? Maybe better to start at the low end of day-to-day care. - Sanders DiPiero


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