Second opinions, IBM’s Watson, and Crowdsourcing

Second opinions in medicine have always been a good idea. With the rise of artificial intelligence, and crowd sourcing, the concept of a “second opinion” is changing in some interesting ways.

I spent last week at Singularity University’s FutureMed, which I thoroughly recommend. It was a densely packed week full of exposure to emerging technologies like 3D tissue printing, synthetic biology, and real-world applications of genomics and pharmacogenomics. Far too much stuff to try and summarize here. A particularly interesting theme was the rise of artificial intelligence and its potential applications to medicine. [Read more…]

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