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DeepMind AI Moves on from Board Games to StarCraft II

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. There is a long and storied history of machines beating humans at games we once dominated. There was Deep Blue beating humans at chess, then Watson winning Jeopardy!, and most recently, Google’s DeepMind AI branch created a computer that can win the deviously complex game Go. Now, DeepMind is moving on to its biggest challenge yet: StarCraft II. I wonder if it’ll go for the Zerg rush. DeepMind isn’t going it alone here — Blizzard…

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Google NHS deal rebuked again by DeepMind panel

An independent panel set up to oversee the activities of Google’s DeepMind has agreed that its initial deal with a UK hospital was “illegal”. The Information Commission (ICO) ruled on Monday that the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust had not done enough to safeguard patient data. The controversy is over an app DeepMind developed to identify patients at risk of kidney disease. The NHS shared 1.6 million patient data records with the company. Dr Julian Huppert, who chairs the DeepMind Health Independent Review Panel, said that the initial data-sharing contract…

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Google DeepMind NHS medical trial broke UK privacy law

A UK hospital did not do enough to protect the privacy of patients when it shared data with Google, the UK’s Information Commission (ICO) has ruled. The ICO censured the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust about data handed over during trials of a novel way to detect acute kidney injury. Among other failings, the ICO said the hospital did not tell patients enough about the way their data was used. The trust said it would tackle “shortcomings” in its data-handling. Details on about 1.6 million patients was provided to Google’s…

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Google DeepMind patient app legality questioned

The head of the Department of Health’s National Data Guardian (NDG) has criticised the NHS for the deal it struck with Google’s DeepMind over sharing patient data. In a letter dated February and leaked to Sky News, Dame Fiona Caldicott throws doubt on the legality of sharing 1.6 million patient records. Patients should have been informed about the deal, she says. Google said that the deal was covered by “implied consent”. This rule exists to allow the NHS to share medical data with third parties for direct patient care, without…

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