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IBM’s “Watson” Supercomputer Has a New Program: Fighting Cancer.

After winning Jeopardy and writing a cook book, one of the world’s most advanced computers gets serious

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In addition to being one of the most advanced computers ever created, IBM’s Watson is also one of the most accomplished. After its much-publicized Jeopardy win in 2011, Watson has gone on to try its hand at the culinary arts, and has even dipped its digital toe into the waters of higher education. But now the super-productive supercomputer is preparing to use its unprecedented processing power for a much more serious project: Fighting cancer.

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IBM to Publish Cookbook by Watson Supercomputer This Week

Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson is most likely the world’s first algorithm-based recipe collection.

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Watson, the IBM supercomputer and know-it-all Jeopardy show off, will once again demonstrate the continued obsolescence of us mere human meatbags with a new cookbook of algorithm-based recipes. After the IBM team fed information on thousands of recipes into the “learning technology,” including data on flavor, texture, and nutritional content, Watson has spent the last year flexing its newfound culinary skills as the basis for a food truck and in frequent team ups with Bon Appétit magazine. According to Business Insider, for the new book, Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson, the Institute of Culinary Education interpreted and adapted 65 recipes from Watson’s repertoire, which often includes unique and counterintuitive ingredient combinations.

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After Winning Jeopardy, IBM's Watson Is Going to Help Healthcare

After cleaning up against two human opponents on Jeopardy, the supercomputer is going to work in the healthcare industry, helping physicians.

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We moved a few steps closer to the Singularity last night, as IBM's supercomputer Watson won the heavily-hyped Jeopardy match against its two human opponents, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Although Watson slipped a few times—answering "What is Toronto?" to a question about U.S. Cities (what an idiot ... or was it just toying with us?)—the best part of the entire match was probably when Ken Jennings added this Simpsons-inspired quip to his Final Jeopardy answer: "I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords."

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