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(Time)   Supercomputer Watson is now assisting in cancer research, still has a low opinion of Trebek's mother   ( divider line
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2014-08-29 09:50:15 AM  
They still haven't asked it how to reverse entropy?
2014-08-29 11:13:02 AM

Watson? PAH! A pocket calculator compared to me!
2014-08-29 11:13:17 AM  

UberDave: They still haven't asked it how to reverse entropy?

There is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer.
2014-08-29 12:03:52 PM  

Ambitwistor: UberDave: They still haven't asked it how to reverse entropy?

There is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer.

Asimov what you did there.
2014-08-29 12:04:03 PM  
The data mining capability of Watson might will revolutionize medicine. If Watson has access to everyone's medical records (yeah, let's take care of the privacy issues, but getting the raw numbers, diagnoses, images, etc, to Watson could be beneficial to us all) then it might be able to find links between seemingly uncorrelated conditions. Like some numbers in a blood test now might indicate in 20 years you're at a higher risk of esophageal cancer. Something like that. The problem is there is so much data and we don't have the time and money to experimentally test every possibility.
2014-08-29 12:14:44 PM  
The possibilities to revolutionize porn are endless.
2014-08-29 12:35:27 PM  
I just hope they don't discard the answer if Watson forgets to put it into the form of a question.
2014-08-29 12:47:42 PM  
Reporting this thread for misogynistic headline.
2014-08-29 01:49:29 PM  
2014-08-29 02:01:19 PM  
Anal Bum Cover for $200, Alex.
2014-08-29 02:07:34 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Anal Bum Cover for $200, Alex.

What's the difference between your mother and a mallard with a headcold?

One's a sick duck...I forget the rest but your mother's a whore!
2014-08-29 03:23:20 PM
2014-08-29 03:24:39 PM

It's funny 'cause it's bigger than a regular hat...
2014-08-29 06:54:00 PM  
I was at a conference a few years ago where Watson hit on Felicia Day.

2014-08-29 11:24:32 PM
"They're not clapping for you, nancy boy."
2014-08-30 11:22:57 AM
2014-08-30 11:47:29 AM  
The experimental plan as it is presented are the same methods human beings use for that problem of gene discovery, which is bad. Humans could do the same work with already vetted rapid algorithms, have been doing that for years. Watson needs an approach that good algorithms and a few veteran bioinformaticists can't do...and that isn't simple data mining and pathway analysis, guys.

But the real elephant in the room is the lack of data. Under 100 patients, are you kidding me?

On top of that, Our understanding of pathways is limited and the interaction data is sparse and research into pathways is woefully under sourced.

Add that the ideas of cellular transcription and translation control are a bit outdated in the common literature and funding is very tight on big mechanistic studies. ENCODE just scratched the surface.

Research on human embryos and primary embryonic stem cells that will have a lot of clues as to cancer, is not as active as would benefit this area.

I could go on, but if Watson finds something interesting, great, but what will suck is if Watson doesn't find anything new, then the public consciousness associates failure with the attempt rather than failure because of lack of data.
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