Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords.

Quick thoughts on the current dustup about computers making doctors irrelevant

IBM is collaborating with Nuance Communication Inc. to apply Watson analytics to healthcare.

1- In the best of cases, Watson is a tool, not a doctor. Doctors use tools to be better doctors, not to be replaced by them. The same goes for most fields- advances make the fields broader. Consider how the auto industry is increasingly incorporating GPS and mobile apps. The car industry now has jobs for programmers, geographers, and graphics designers. Advancements diversify the needs of a field rather than make them irrelevant.