IBM Supercomputer Sets Sights on Cancer
The IBM Watson Supercomputer rose to fame during a victory over the two most successful Jeopardy players in history. The performance of Watson has been increased by 240% since that appearance and its computing muscle is now being flexed for a different purpose, fighting cancer. Researchers at Sloan-Kettering have been using Watson to compile their research and analyze it for patterns that could help in the fight against the disease. The computer uses a cloud application owned by WellPoint which will be sold to others that wish to use it. Through the app, a patients medical records are compared against the results stored in the Watson database to make recommendations for treatment based on order of effectiveness and insurance coverage.
Source: Ars Technica