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How IBM Watson is using AI technology in the health field

Business Insider | Jul 7, 2017, 01.30AM IST

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David Kenny, the general manager of IBM's Watson division, at Business Insider IGNITION 2016.

Artificial-intelligence technology is all around us, in the form of voice assistants like Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and more. But this technology extends beyond recognizing a song or telling us the weather.

At last year's Business Insider IGNITION conference, David Kenny, the general manager of IBM's Watson division, discussed the AI project.

According to Kenny, Watson is most advanced in the health field.

One example of its success potentially saved a life. A woman in Tokyo had been diagnosed with leukemia six years earlier. She received treatment but still was not healthy.

"The University of Tokyo ran her genetic sequence through Watson," which found a second strain of leukemia, Kenny said. "They then treated her, and now she's healthy."

This isn't just a one-off story either. "About one-third of the time, Watson is proposing an additional diagnosis," Kenny said.

With advancements like these, AI could be life-saving technology.

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