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UK report warns DeepMind Health could gain ‘excessive monopoly power’ | TechCrunch
DeepMind’s foray into digital health services continues to raise concerns. The latest worries are voiced by a panel of external reviewers appointed by the Google-owned AI company to report on its operations after its initial data-sharing arrangements with the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) ran into a major public controversy in 2016.
healthcare  DeepMind  NHS  report  power  colonialism 
1 hour ago by PieroRivizzigno
UK report warns DeepMind Health could gain ‘excessive monopoly power’ • TechCrunch
Natasha Lomas:
<p>The <a href="">DeepMind Health Independent Reviewers’ 2018 report</a> 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.

While the underlying FHIR (aka, fast healthcare interoperability resource) deployed by DeepMind for Streams uses an open API, the contract between the company and the Royal Free Trust funnels connections via DeepMind’s own servers, and prohibits connections to other FHIR servers. A commercial structure that seemingly works against the openness and interoperability DeepMind’s co-founder Mustafa Suleyman has claimed to support.

“There are many examples in the IT arena where companies lock their customers into systems that are difficult to change or replace. Such arrangements are not in the interests of the public. And we do not want to see DeepMind Health putting itself in a position where clients, such as hospitals, find themselves forced to stay with DeepMind Health even if it is no longer financially or clinically sensible to do so; we want DeepMind Health to compete on quality and price, not by entrenching legacy position,” the reviewers write.</p>

Once you begin to rely on an AI black box, you're at risk of being tied even more closely to a provider. It's rather like the lock that IBM used to have in a long-gone past of mainframe computing.
deepmind  mainframe  ai  blackbox 
yesterday by charlesarthur
DeepMind: First major AI patent filings revealed - The IPKat
"DeepMind, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) research company, has filed a series of international patent applications, which have now been published for the first time. The applications relate to a number of the fundamental aspects of modern day machine learning, and are therefore of potential significance to anyone operating in the commercial AI sector. (..) DeepMind was founded in 2010 and acquired by Google in 2014 for £400m. In 2017, DeepMind famously developed AI capable of defeating a world-champion at Go" (...)

"WO 2018/048934, "Generating Audio using neural networks", Priority date: 6 Sep 2016
WO 2018064591, "Generating video frames using neural networks", Priority date: 6 Sep 2016"
patents  softwarepatents  google  ai  ml  deepmind  wtf  mediaart  kylemcdonald 
8 days ago by gohai
Google's DeepMind extends controversial Streams app - BBC News
Musgrove Park Hospital has done a deal with DeepMind to roll out an app to detect kidney failure.
deepmind  nhs  google 
17 days ago by javierruiz

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