Source: Fortune, Dec 2012
Watson, the IBM (IBM) supercomputer that made headlines by drubbing humans on Jeopardy! last year, is another example. The refrigerator-size machine is prepping for a second career as part of a trial program at New York City’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Watson relies on parallel processing — geekspeak for running multiple tasks at once — to sift through 500 gigabytes of data per second. A physician can enter the results of a biopsy, for example, and Watson pulls relevant bits of a patient’s history as well as clinical studies and medical journals. It then lists potential diagnoses and their varying “levels of confidence,” or probability. The final call is left up to the doctor.