I watched the entire three-day event, and thought about e-mailing the list a "Chat" after the segment on Tuesday's show that talked about information overload, the need to be able to mine the ever-increasing amount of data for that which is most pertinent and useful in helping healthcare professionals make the right decisions to improve patient outcomes, etc. While the segment focused on IBM leading the way, images of Katherine Hepburn in Desk Set suddenly popped into my head. As is usually the case with the upper echelon of Jeopardy contestants, it was pretty obvious all three contestants knew the correct answer for nearly all questions--Watson simply seemed to have an advantage of buzzing in first :) "I for one welcome our new computer overlords" -- Ken Jennings Mark Vrabel, MLS, AHIP, ELS Information Resources Supervisor Oncology Nursing Society 125 Enterprise Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1214 P412-859-6289 (phone) 412-859-6160 (fax) twitter.com/ONSmark [log in to unmask] Oncology Nursing Society Where Oncology Nurses Connect -----Original Message----- From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Julie Stielstra Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2011 9:53 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Uh-oh... http://articles.courant.com/2011-02-15/health/hc-weir-watson-computer-0216-20110215_1_watson-ibm-officials-brad-rutter Watson: from Jeopardy! to the hospital... Disclaimer: I started watching Jeopardy in elementary school when Art Fleming was host and my mom and I watched it when I came home for lunch. My life's greatest ambition was once to be a contestant. I'm sorry, but I was rooting for the humans. Farewell, cruel world. -- Julie Stielstra, MLS Manager, Knowledge Resource Library Central DuPage Hospital 25 N Winfield Rd Winfield, IL 60190 phone 630-933-4536 fax 630-933-4530 email jstielstra [ at ] gmail.com "Never...be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices...and I can always be hopeful of you." -- Betsy Trotwood to David Copperfield (Charles Dickens) This message (and any associated files) is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is confidential, subject to copyright or constitutes a trade secret. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any dissemination, copying or distribution of this message, or files associated with this message, is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify us immediately by replying to the message and deleting it from your computer. Messages sent to and from us may be monitored. Internet communications cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error-free as information could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, destroyed, arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses. Therefore, we do not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions that are present in this message, or any attachment, that have arisen as a result of e-mail transmission. If verification is required, please request a hard-copy version. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company.