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A handful of new research projects from Google, IBM and the Allen Institute for AI highlight the ongoing quest to build computer systems capable of analyzing written language based on understanding concepts rather than just keywords.
In the not-so-distant past, all people with cancer were treated with a one-size-fits-all approach. But thanks to recent advances in genome sequencing technologies and super computers, it’s now possible to ferret out the genetic mutations and other molecular abnormalities that underlie certain cancers. This information is one of the most important resources cancer patients can have because it can allow doctors to tailor treatments to the unique aspects of their cancer…
Why? Because even in uncommon cancers like multiple myeloma, we are now seeing mutations that had previously never been linked to the disease. Just the other day I was talking to a fellow multiple myeloma patient who had recently relapsed and had run out of options. After having her cancer genome sequenced, Lenetta learned she had a mutation in the BRAF gene, a cancer-causing mutation that we had recently linked to multiple myeloma in about 5 percent of patients. Drugs targeting BRAF had already been shown to be a lifesaver for patients with a particularly deadly form of melanoma who have a BRAF mutation — if you, like Lenetta, also have a BRAF mutation, wouldn’t you want to want to know if drugs were available that might help?
When IBM’s Watson won against humans playing “Jeopardy,” most of the world considered it just another man against machine novelty act, going back to Deep Blue’s defeat of chess champion Garry Kasporov in 1997. But it’s much more than that.
As Josh Dreller reminded us a few Search Insider Summits ago, when Watson trounced Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in 2011, it ushered in the era of cognitive computing. Unlike chess, where solutions can be determined solely with massive amounts of number crunching, winning “Jeopardy” requires a very nuanced understanding of the English language as well as an encyclopedic span of knowledge.