IBM's Watson computer may soon decide if some individuals receive healthcare or not.
IBM, whose stock price has sunk to its lowest in four years, has recently "announced a $1 billion investment to establish the new Watson Group." IBM's Watson computer processes large amounts of your information to make a better decision for you. Watson is now embedded in the Department of Veteran's Affairs Data Center in Austin, Texas to "advise doctors on treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder."
According to their press release, the technology will "transform decision making." Or said in a different way, if you are a Veteran in need of care, IBM's Watson will soon make the decision about your health care for you.
Big Data Used Against You
IBM's Watson can "understand and respond to Big Data." This is a catch-all phrase that encompasses medical literature, clinical data, personal electronic records, and doctor's personal comments on patients. For years, it has been an open secret that all of our "Big Data" has been harvested and stored without our consent. This includes every Facebook thought, phone conversation, every purchase, and even household conversations, to name a few. There is no doubt that this "Big Data" is waiting to be used towards withholding or forcing medical treatment at the stroke of a bureaucratic pen in the future.