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'Third kind of computer' learns cancer medicine

Stephen Bell | Oct. 19, 2012
IBM's Watson computer -- best known for having competed successfully with human players in the TV quiz game Jeopardy -- is building its knowledge-base for its first 'serious' uses, in the medical world and the finance industry. Both are of great potential benefit to humanity as well as promising markets in the billions of dollars to IBM, says Manoj Saxena, general manager of the group developing Watson.

"It will never replace the doctors; I see it as a decision support system for them.

"It's important for us not to get carried away with the hype," he says.

" Bell attended the IBM Interconnect conference in Singapore as a guest of IBM.


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