Meet Doctor Watson

Is there anything Watson can’t do?

IBM Watson supercomputer turns to medicine

After battling the flesh-and-blood know-it-alls on “Jeopardy!,” IBM supercomputer Watson is getting ready for its next big challenge – helping doctors navigate the increasingly complex world of medicine.

Watson is being groomed to be a bedside medical tool – digesting medical textbooks, journals, treatment guidelines as well as information from patients’ blogs to diagnose illnesses quickly and accurately.

IBM says Watson, with its ability to understand language, can absorb questions about a patient’s symptoms and medical history and quickly suggest diagnoses and treatments. They envision several uses, including a doctor speaking into a handheld device to get answers at a patient’s bedside or to serve as a second opinion. Watson could also link to electronic health records that the federal government wants hospitals to maintain.

See also:
IBM’s Watson Makes the Move From Answering Trivia Questions to Making Medical Diagnoses
IBM’s Watson leaves Jeopardy to become a doctor (Morning Read)
Jeopardy-Winning Supercomputer Watson Turns Its Sights To Medicine
IBM’s Watson supercomputer to help diagnose hospital patients
‘Jeopardy!’-Winning Computer Delving Into Medicine
Researchers Preparing IBM’s Watson Computer for Medical Applications
Watson (computer)
Watson homepage
Watson Wins!

Well, if Watson is anywhere near as good at medicine as it is at Jeopardy!, it should be a better doctor than most. Seriously, if Watson doesn’t make mistakes and gets the diagnosis right, does it really matter if it’s man or machine?

/I, for one, welcome our new doctor machine overlords

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Just How Stupid Are U.S. Kids?

Apparently, they’re really dumb. Seriously, how smart do you have to be to enlist in the Army?

Fourth of students fail military entrance exam

Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can’t answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a study released Tuesday.

The report by The Education Trust bolsters a growing worry among military and education leaders that the pool of young people qualified for military service will grow too small.

“Too many of our high school students are not graduating ready to begin college or a career — and many are not eligible to serve in our armed forces,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the AP.

Read the report:

Shut Out of the Military:
Today’s High School Education Doesn’t Mean You’re Ready for Today’s Army

Take the test:

ASVAB Practice Test

See also:
APNewsBreak: Nearly 1 in 4 fails military exam
APNewsBreak: Nearly 1 in 4 fails military exam
1 in 4 high school graduates unable to pass military entrance exams
Shut Out of the Military: More than one in five young people do not meet the minimum standard required for Army enlistment
APNewsBreak: 23 percent can’t pass military exam
New study finds U.S. high school grads not ready for military
Nearly 17% of young Utahns score too low on military exam to enlist
Almost half of state’s young black Army applicants failed enlistment exam, study finds
The Education Trust

And the Pentagon and Michelle Obama think childhood obesity is a threat to national security? What about childhood imbecility? Fat is a lot easier to correct than stupidity. What a total national embarrassment, what the bloody hell has happened to the education system in this country?

/don’t bother answering that, it was a rhetorical question, remember, the Jimmy Carter created United States Department of Education has only been around for the last 30 years and, apparently, they’re doing a damn fine job of steadily stupefying our kids to the point of illiterate idiocy