IBM's Watson computer may have made headlines beating human opponents on Jeopardy, but it's got a new, less glamorous job ahead of it: making medical diagnoses.
Now that IBM's Watson supercomputer has proved itself to be better than humans at Jeopardy, it's time to put it to work in a more productive setting: the healthcare industry.
The list of things humans are better at than machines may drop by one tonight, when IBM's Jeopardy-playing robot takes on two human challengers.
IBM is no stranger to trumping humans at their own game. Back in '97, IBM supercomputer Deep Blue beat chess champion Garry Kasparov (though Kasparov cried fowl and managed a draw against the machine later). Now DeepQA, the company's question...