Watson has become really smart and becoming even smarter by the day:
"I've had a couple of patients where Watson found things that I had missed," says Dr. Neil Mehta, the staff physician who's leading the Cleveland Clinic's end of the Watson project. "It doesn't work every time, but it's getting better." One example is a patient suffering from sleep apnea-like symptoms. Years earlier, this patient had a blood gas test that would have confirmed the diagnosis, but the test results were hidden in a hard-to-find section of the medical record. Without Watson, Mehta says he never would have seen the result.” [Source]
"It would take at least 160 hours of reading a week just to keep up with new medical knowledge as it's published, let alone consider its relevance or apply it practically. Watson's ability to absorb this information faster than any human should, in theory, fix a flaw in the current healthcare model. Wellpoint's Samuel Nessbaum has claimed that, in tests, Watson's successful diagnosis rate for lung cancer is 90 percent, compared to 50 percent for human doctors." [Source]
I’m disappointed to learn that IBM doesn’t see Watson as a tool to DISPLACE doctors, but only as a doctor's assistant.
It is likely that the doctor monopolists (all monopolies are state created) will get government regulators to disallow the widespread PRIVATE availability of Watson through the cloud to every citizen on earth. That would be FATAL to the purpose of Watson. And destructive of human freedom.
Watson should aim for bigger things – to entirely DISPLACE doctors (like reference librarians have long been displaced by wikipedia), not to just be a doctor's helper.
There is currently so little trust of doctors amongst many patients (at least I have almost no trust in most doctors) that people want to be rid permanently of this monopoly profession of unaccountable crooks who fleece patients but NEVER assure them of any cure or even the right diagnosis. Despite their Hippocratic oath, most doctors today are ruthless mercenaries, driven by an insatiable urge to make money and BULLDOZE patients into submission, even when they have provided entirely wrong and costly advice – or even harmed the patient.
I would have been more sympathetic to the medical profession if its representatives behave professionally and in an accountable manner. But the average doctor is entirely unaccountable. After many, many wrong diagnoses, when I tried to hold one of these crooks to account, the medical fraternity – through its regulatory control over the system - very conveniently allowed that doctor to get away with BLATANT LIES. I finally gave up since this was costing me a huge amount of time (in addition to lost money and pain). They wore me out, but have made an enemy of the profession for life.
We want FREEDOM TO TREAT OURSELVES. That's our birthright. Our body is nobody's property but ours. And what we do or how we treat is, is our BASIC property right. We the free citizens would rather consult Watson (like we consult google today), and decide how to treat ourselves, than hand our our body to an unaccountable profession.
Citizens of the world want freedom from this monopolist profession of unaccountable doctors. IBM, please don’t make Watson available only to doctors. It is morally wrong for IBM to hire Watson out only to doctors.
Indeed, IBM will be commercially foolish to hire Watson only to doctors. It could in due course be out-competed by open source AI bsed competition. IBM must not make the commercially costly mistake of taking the side of doctors.
IBM can charge for Watson’s consultancy, but it should make Watson freely available to ANYONE in the world, without requiring citizens to visit an untrustworthy intermediary – a doctor.
We will hire a doctor when we feel it is appropriate to do so, but let us talk to Watson DIRECTLY.