Wednesday, September 14, 2011

IBM Watson to work for Insurer Wellpoint


IBM news making supercomputer Watson, known famously for beating the best Jeopardy players in the world and taking home the games prize money, has now been tasked  to work for the health insurance industry for the company Wellpoint.  According to the Wall Street Journal the  expectations of the tasks Watson has been given are that of "helping suggest treatment options and diagnoses to doctors". WellPoint and IBM reached the deal Monday allowing  the health insurer to use Watson's toptier technology for a range of applications. As mentioned on the WSJ, "It is part of a far broader push in the health industry to incorporate computerized guidance into care, as doctors and hospitals adopt electronic medical records and other digital tools that can record, track and check their work." Basically this supercomputer will use its computing power to run health applications, such as health insurance records of patients and set appropriate diagnosis with each one at a far better and more accurate range. It will basically be a data center computer will patients info in which many applications can be used simultaneously within each patient. If anyone watched the Jeopardy match up against the best players, Watson proved  to be and lived up to its much anticipated computing power. It has the ability to learn and improve upon itself so one could see it's use in the health industry. WellPoint Insurer has  seen the potential Watson can offer so many suppose a health insurance company using it for medical purposes is a fitting job for such a powerful computer.  



                    Watson- Super-computing power of the Future 


44 comments:

Vit4uM said...

Wow this looks powerful.

Publius said...

Very interesting... does this qualify as A.I.?

motsu said...

i for one welcome our robot overlords....

lol, i think the technology is awesome, and revolutionary. eventually, with advances to the software as well as our hardware, our computers will be lil' watsons.

Public Sobriety said...

For some reason, Watson never impressed me. I mean, it's been done before, computers that are smarter than humans. Who cares? Good to see that they're finally putting it to use in something worthwhile.

Max Silver said...

Sounds awesome!

This Guy said...

She needs MORE POWER! . . just kidding. This seems awesome!

Another Dev Guy said...

How the mighty have fallen, but in these economic times he must be thankful that he got a job.

Natural One said...

Watson is pretty bad ass

Raptor117 said...

woooo :O incredible

Linux and Life said...

damn, the technology world has evolved too fast. Feel sad when I'm still using a dual core laptop :(

Nick Zhang said...

WATSON!!!!! Love this super computer

Megamanrocks said...

Really, they should use this to solve the social security problems. Good post!

yobro11 said...

Best Supercomputer ever!

Choms1337 said...

I heard about watson :P great info :)

SQ said...

This looks really cool!

Andy said...

And so it begins..... Skynet.

Scott said...

There are going to be so many uses for this thing. Its pretty awesome.

Thought Comics said...

This stuff is basically magic to me.

thomau5 said...

@Linux and Life,
at least you're not on a netbook.

Max Power said...

A computer death panel? This will not end well.

+following

tgquagmire said...

Watson i s a pretty badass computer, i wonder that hes fully capable of so i can think of how to properly use him

DesoWave said...

This will be our demise....jk, it will be epic.

Bones said...

Who doesn't love Watson?

Steph (Twirling in a Red Dress) said...

This makes me nervous... as someone who is hoping to obtain her MD, I'm worried about the role robots might have in health care in the future... will robots eventually phase out physicians? Nerve-wracking stuff

Foxzero said...

nice o.o well mostly insane

Pax Dei The Technomancer said...

Only a matter of time before Watson becomes self aware and starts messing with patient's records like an angry underpaid office clerk.

CrazyTurkishBoy said...

I wonder what the specs of this baby are.

Carlos Smith said...

Never knew such a thing existed...

Self Improvemen2 said...

Frightening when I read articles like this, and it just leaves me with a whoa impression.

Come At Me Bro said...

This is great!

Agustin Slater said...

nice post..

Damon said...

great post :D
+follow

Magnum said...

I don't quite get the point of using such a machine in an insurance company. Processing client data and info about money transfers? That's for sure. I guess it'd definitely find a better use in medicine working on i.e. human genome and protein structures.

Dallv. said...

looks osom bro

The Sorrow said...

Greats man. tanks

My 2 Pesos said...

I want one!

You have a nice blog. :D

DWei said...

Oh wow, I'm kind of impressed at what they think he can do.

AyJim said...

what if he goes rogue or something

Orang3 said...

Hoping to see nice results soon, but I'm more excited about the day they tell us finally invented the first quantic computer.

heddin said...

lol at the guy who thinks computers are smarter than humans. Generally speaking, computers are dumb as dirt, they're just fast. The one that beat the chessmaster wasn't using any sort of intelligence, it just used its power to run through every single possible move and worked from there.

Watson is impressive as fuck.

Jackson.k said...

No THATS a lot of computer power...

Publius said...

I was just talking about this with my buddy, and I recommended your blog since I remember reading about it on here! love the blog!

Nikolay said...

wow... gongratz my friend...useful info !

Luis said...

can't wait till computers rule the world :)

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