IBM's Watson To Help Treat Cancer

The amount of medical information we have is doubling every five years. By using advanced computers like Watson, doctors can process that data into clinical cancer treatments. 

What's the Latest Development?


IBM is partnering with a leading cancer center to bring the power of today's most advanced computers to bear on cancer research. Watson, the natural language supercomputer made famous by its appearance on Jeopardy!, will be trained by oncologists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to synthesize a patient's medical information with a vast array of continuously updated treatment guidelines, the center's own cancer case files and its doctors' experiences to provide physicians with individualized treatment recommendations. 

What's the Big Idea?

Thanks to new medical and information technology, the amount of medical knowledge we have doubles every five years. The growth in data has been especially helpful and gaining a new understanding of cancer, which is not one disease, but hundreds of sub-diseases, each with a unique genetic fingerprint. Watson's technology could make the latest oncology advances available everywhere. The first applications of the computer will focus on lung, breast and prostate cancers. A pilot program will begin in late 2012 with a wider distribution planned for 2013. 

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

4 reasons Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for universal basic income

In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.

(Photo by J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
  • The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
  • Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
Keep reading Show less

Why avoiding logical fallacies is an everyday superpower

10 of the most sandbagging, red-herring, and effective logical fallacies.

Photo credit: Miguel Henriques on Unsplash
Personal Growth
  • Many an otherwise-worthwhile argument has been derailed by logical fallacies.
  • Sometimes these fallacies are deliberate tricks, and sometimes just bad reasoning.
  • Avoiding these traps makes disgreeing so much better.
Keep reading Show less

Why I wear my life on my skin

For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.

Videos
  • In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
  • This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
  • Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
Keep reading Show less