Man and machine: A complicated love story

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  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 8:52 p.m.

    IBM's Watson computer that easily beat all the contestants of Jeopardy! is being applied to healthcare, where it promises to help the common physician task of diagnosing health conditions.

    The good news is the price and accuracy of diagnosing medical conditions will likely improve, markedly. The bad news is we'll need considerably fewer physicians, which will become an issue for - among others - the children of current physicians who aspire to follow in their parent's footsteps.

    If Watson could smoke all the brainiacs on Jeopardy!, there's no reason to think it couldn't displace a lot of lawyers, as well.

    Getting a machine to replace the old mule in plowing a field is one thing - watching machines render our most highly revered professions as routine tasks for a computer will be a different experience, for society.

  • Dad San Antonio, TX
    Feb. 10, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    I was disappointed to see the Deseret News using Al Jazeera as the news resource for this story - or any story for that matter.

    Yes, good information can come from less-than-ideal sources too. But aren't there many other more ideal news sources for such a topic? Or do we really lower ourselves to the Al Jazeera, just for the sake of doing a story?

  • KDave Moab, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 6:26 a.m.

    Machinery has been lightening our workload for generations. It was not that long ago that the normal work week was 60 to 70 hrs. With one week unpaid vacation a year. Now few work 40 hrs a week and enjoy multiple weeks of paid vacation time, and enjoy a much higher standard of living. Thank you robots.