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IBM Watson Creates Brain Cancer Treatment Plan in 10 Minutes; Doctors Take 160 Hours

Over three years ago Adafruit posted about IBM Watson to be utilized in the creation of brain cancer treatment plans. Now the future is upon us with Watson showing showing a reasonable treatment plan 960x faster than the time it took Doctor’s to create one.

Via IEEE Spectrum:

A new study, in which IBM Watson took just 10 minutes to analyze a brain cancer patient’s genome and suggest a treatment plan, demonstrates the potential of artificially intelligent medicine to improve patient care. But although human experts took 160 hours to make a comparable plan, the study’s results weren’t a total victory of machine over humans.

The study abstract concludes with:

Conclusions: The development of an effective human-machine interface in the analysis of deep cancer genomic datasets may provide potentially clinically actionable calls for individual patients in a more timely and efficient manner than currently possible.


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