Watson Goes to Work in the Hospital
Designed to answer Jeopardy! questions, IBM’s Watson is of little use beyond the game show’s set. But some of the techniques that helped the computer defeat two human Jeopardy! champions in February are showing promise in a new context: the hospital. Researchers in Canada are using analytics like those that helped the computer decipher the language of clues to provide an early warning when babies in an intensive care unit acquire a hospital-borne infection.