The Next Web: Google’s ethical black hole swallows Deepmind’s best intentions

The Next Web: Google’s ethical black hole swallows Deepmind’s best intentions. “Google yesterday set off another controversy when it announced the acquisition of Streams, DeepMind’s algorithm-based healthcare data management platform. The controversy stems from what the deal’s detractors view as a breach of trust by Deepmind. The UK-based AI startup, which was purchased by Google‘s parent company Alphabet in 2014, has always maintained that it operated autonomously underneath the umbrella of Google. As such, it’s long said it would never share identifiable patient data – from its healthcare endeavors – with Google.”

Ars Technica: Google researchers created an amazing scene-rendering AI

Ars Technica: Google researchers created an amazing scene-rendering AI. “New research from Google’s UK-based DeepMind subsidiary demonstrates that deep neural networks have a remarkable capacity to understand a scene, represent it in a compact format, and then ‘imagine’ what the same scene would look like from a perspective the network hasn’t seen before.”

TechCrunch: UK report warns DeepMind Health could gain ‘excessive monopoly power’

TechCrunch: UK report warns DeepMind Health could gain ‘excessive monopoly power’ . “The DeepMind Health Independent Reviewers’ 2018 report flags a series of risks and concerns, as they see it, including the potential for DeepMind Health to be able to ‘exert excessive monopoly power’ as a result of the data access and streaming infrastructure that’s bundled with provision of the Streams app — and which, contractually, positions DeepMind as the access-controlling intermediary between the structured health data and any other third parties that might, in the future, want to offer their own digital assistance solutions to the Trust.”

Audit of DeepMind deal with NHS trust: It checks out, nothing to see here (The Register)

The Register: Audit of DeepMind deal with NHS trust: It checks out, nothing to see here. “An audit of the Royal Free NHS Trust and Google DeepMind’s controversial app to detect kidney disease has deemed its current use of confidential data from real patients lawful – going so far as to suggest findings from other watchdogs were misplaced.”

Scholarly Kitchen: Has Google Become a Journal Publisher?

Scholarly Kitchen: Has Google Become a Journal Publisher?. “An initiative emanating out of Google Brain with the participation of YC Research, DeepMind, and OpenAI is the publication of what appears to be a ‘house’ journal called Distill, which is ostensibly published by the Distill Working Group. Where this working group resides isn’t clear. Distill is positioned as a research journal, claims to be peer-reviewed, and is indexed in Google Scholar. Their archival strategy consists of backups and the Internet Archive, but they claim they are thinking about adding LOCKSS to their archiving approach. ”

The Verge: Google launches more realistic text-to-speech service powered by DeepMind’s AI

The Verge: Google launches more realistic text-to-speech service powered by DeepMind’s AI. “Google is launching a new AI voice synthesizer as part of its suite of machine learning cloud tools. The service, named Cloud Text-to-Speech, will be available for any developer or business that needs voice synthesis on tap, whether that’s for an app, website, or virtual assistant. But what’s particularly interesting about this news is that Cloud Text-to-Speech is powered by WaveNet, software created by Google’s UK-based AI subsidiary DeepMind.”

BBC News: DeepMind explores inner workings of AI

BBC News: DeepMind explores inner workings of AI. “As with the human brain, the neural networks that power artificial intelligence systems are not easy to understand. DeepMind, the Alphabet-owned AI firm famous for teaching an AI system to play Go, is attempting to work out how such systems make decisions. By knowing how AI works, it hopes to build smarter systems. But researchers acknowledged that the more complex the system, the harder it might be for humans to understand.”