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posted by janrinok on Saturday October 29 2016, @01:47AM   Printer-friendly
from the not-here-it-won't dept.

In the next five years, every important decision, whether it's business or personal, will be made with the assistance of IBM Watson. That's the vision of IBM president and CEO Ginni Rometty, in a keynote speech at IBM's World of Watson conference Wednesday.

Watson, the company's artificial intelligence-fueled system, is working in fields like health care, finance, entertainment and retail, connecting businesses more easily with their customers, making sense of big data and helping doctors find treatments for cancer patients.

The Watson system is set to transform how businesses function and how people live their lives. "Our goal is augmenting intelligence," Rometty said. "It is man and machine. This is all about extending your expertise. A teacher. A doctor. A lawyer. It doesn't matter what you do. We will extend it."

Is one woman's vision another man's nightmare?

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @09:44AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2016, @09:44AM (#420073)

    Watson aims, like many AI/robotics projects today, to make a whole lot of people redundant. In some areas they already have. It is inevitable so arguing against it is also pointless.

    Being "scared" about it is pointless also. (Americans really do seem to have this thing about being "scared" about everything)

    I think we should instead be working on ideas for the new future and a plan for how to achieve it. That is what we need more than anything.

    Also people tend to be selective about which areas (and nationalities) they care about....

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday October 29 2016, @10:43AM

    Also people tend to be selective about which areas (and nationalities) they care about....

    Yes, sane people tend to care about themselves, their family, their neighborhood, their town, their part of the country, their country, their part of the world, and the rest of the world. In that order. It takes a seriously disturbed individual to place people they have never met and will never meet above the home team so to speak. And an ego the size of the planet to think you know best what's best for the entire world.

    My rights don't end where your fear begins.