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Calling Doctor Watson

Thursday, February 17, 2011

So, if Watson is so smart -- why isn't he a doctor?

Well, he soon will be.

Watson is the IBM computer program that beat two "Jeopardy! champions this week.

Now, two hospitals have signed up to test the technology.

Eliot Siegel is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

He says Watson could help diagnose patients by scouring medical journals.

But Siegel says Watson will need some tweaking, because often in medicine there's more than one right answer.

Watson will also be tested at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

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