“Supercomputer Watson takes on cancer care with Memorial Sloan-Kettering”

(CBS/AP) First IBM’s supercomputer Watson took on “Jeopardy!” Next it took its talents to medicine, digesting textbooks, journals, treatment guidelines and health insurance claims.

What’s Watson up to now? The genius computer is in New York City at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, absorbing the latest knowledge in oncology research from one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.

IBM and Memorial Sloan-Kettering said Thursday that they will add the latest in cancer research – and the hospital’s accumulated experience – to Watson’s vast knowledge base, and keep updating it.

Doctors hope Watson will help the hospital diagnose and treat cancer more quickly, accurately and design personalized treatment based on patient preferences, they said.

“The capabilities are enormous,” said Dr. Larry Norton, deputy chief for breast cancer programs at Sloan-Kettering. “And unlike my medical students, Watson doesn’t forget anything.”

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