An Update on IBM Watson for Health Care — Ignore The AI Carnival Barkers

Reading time: 2 minutes 30 seconds Check the news on IBM Watson for Health Care: STAT reports that IBM is halting sales of Watson AI for drug discovery FierceBiotch reports that IBM employees were recently told of this decision and are reassessing Watson’s prospects in the broader biopharma industry. Troubles in IBM’s Watson for Oncology – a clinical advisor project – became visible in 2017. The root of these negative news events is not a failure of technology. It’s a failure to meet the inflated expectations that people had for future versions of the technology. Watson – including Watson AI for drug discovery and other Watson Health initiatives –…

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Training wheels to protect you at the office: a vision for the future

Could a future application one day help people get along with one another at work? A story about a meeting from the future                      The time is 8:25 AM on a workday, years from now. We join the weekly global team video-conference underway at a successful consumer-products company. I’ll spare you the busy agenda, but point out some novel highlights from your meeting:

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Service Robots

Any way you look at it, whether Boston Dynamics, Sony, or another company leaps into the robotic service dog market, there is a clear need for a Service Robot able to perform the tasks of current service animals.

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Is AI ready to compete with the human workforce?

The social impact of Artificial Intelligence hinges on the potential it has for both competition and collaboration with the human world. If left to develop unchecked its impact can be far-reaching and deeply destabilising. Maybe we should look before we leap, and consider the consequences of letting these new, more powerful and more autonomous machines loose on our world?

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