On this wicked-cold Wednesday, opinionators are worrying about the state of New York’s education system, and warming up to the idea of AI helping doctors decrease the number of medical mistakes.
Today’s Journal News editorial, Problems add up for state schools, examines New York’s education system quandary: State aid, and teacher jobs, are on the chopping block in the deficit-ridden, overburdened property-taxpayer state. At the same time, standardized test scores are anemic and recent New York State Board of Regents data show that less than half of students in the state are leaving high school prepared for college and well-paying careers.
An OpEd article in USA Today looks at IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, and its promise to boost health-care quality, not just win game shows. (IBM hosted a test-run with Jeopardy! champs last month in Yorktown Heights.) In his OpEd, ‘Watson’ could transform medicine, Johns Hopkins medical student Yong Suh says that the supercomputer could not only do well on Jeopardy! (the computer-contestant debuts on Monday’s show) but could transform 21st century medicine:
Performing well on Jeopardy and diagnosing sick patients have similar prerequisites: a broad fund of knowledge, ability to process subtlety and ambiguity in natural language, efficient time management, and probabilistic assessment of different possibilities. Like Jeopardy clues, a patient’s symptoms, medical history, physical exam findings and laboratory results present clues that must be synthesized into a differential diagnosis.
JOURNAL NEW JAN. 13 FILE PHOTO: Jeopardy! champs Ken Jennings, left, and Brad Rutter play against IBM’s “Watson” computing system at IBM’s Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights.