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Jeopardy Star And Supercomputer Watson Gets A New Job

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How many times have you heard about something was recently invented that seemingly nobody needs and just makes people lazier?  You ask yourself, “Why are our incredibly intelligent scientists wasting their time on this stuff when there are real problems in the world that they could be solving?”  That seemed to be the case for me when I heard that someone had invented a computer that could answer questions on the gameshow ‘Jeopardy’. But now, the supercomputer is being applied to practical uses.

According to Huffington Post, “Watson” will soon be employed for a different job.  It will soon be used to help diagnose medical problems and authorize treatments.  Another idea that is being considered is that of using Watson to answer phones for call centers.

Let me be the first to say that the last thing I’m looking forward to is more automated call service centers.  Give me a person over a computer ANY DAY!
If you’ve never seen what Watson can do, check out his first day against some of Jeopardy’s best including Buffalo’s own Ken Jennings.

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