A New Career for Jeopardy Supercomputer Watson

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jeopardy/Watson, Tout Jeopardy host Alex Trebek with contestants Ken Jennings, Watson, and Brad Rutter (Courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

It has been a couple of years since IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, became a champion on “Jeopardy!" Though Watson is off the game show circuit, the supercomputer has not been idle since beating the game show's star contestants, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

As it happens, Watson’s ability to understand natural language and rapidly process and analyze vast amounts of complex data has proved especially useful to the medical profession.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center recently announced that Watson is being used to help patients and clinicians as part of its "Moon Shots" mission to end cancer. Watson has also been assisting faculty and students at the Cleveland Clinic and oncologists at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Kara Miller, host of WGBH’s “Innovation Hub,” explores Watson’s flourishing career in the field of medicine. 

Check out a video of Watson playing against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter below.



Kara Miller

Produced by:

Tyler Adams and Elizabeth Ross

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