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Google artificial intelligence company has access to 1.6m NHS records

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Up to 1.6 million patients have had their private medical files passed on to Google without their permission, it was revealed today The internet giant was given the data by one of the largest NHS trusts to develop an app to monitor possible kidney failure. The encrypted information includes the names and medical histories of every patient who had stayed in hospital overnight or attended A&E in the past five years. None of the patients was told beforehand and the revelation has exposed the ease with which private companies can obtain highly sensitive medical information without consent. Privacy campaigners told MailOnline that the revelations exposed the public's lack of power and control over their own personal details. Experts say the deal between Google and the Royal Free NHS Trust could set a precedent for patient data to be routinely passed on to private firms.


Google's AI has access to the private medical records of 1.6m NHS patients

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Up to 1.6 million patients have had their private medical files passed on to Google without their permission, it was revealed today The internet giant was given the data by one of the largest NHS trusts to develop an app to monitor possible kidney failure. The encrypted information includes the names and medical histories of every patient who had stayed in hospital overnight or attended A&E in the past five years. None of the patients was told beforehand and the revelation has exposed the ease with which private companies can obtain highly sensitive medical information without consent. Privacy campaigners told MailOnline that the revelations exposed the public's lack of power and control over their own personal details. Experts say the deal between Google and the Royal Free NHS Trust could set a precedent for patient data to be routinely passed on to private firms.


Royal Free NHS Trust that handed over private patient details to Google says they had 'implied' permission

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The NHS shares patient data with 1,500 outside organisations including Google and doesn't ask first because it is'not practical', it was revealed today. Private firms including computer giants and consultancy agencies are among those who are being supplied with the confidential records. Only this week the Royal Free NHS Trust in London revealed that it had passed on medical files of up to 1.6million patients to a Google subsidiary to develop an app. This included highly personal details such as whether patients had been diagnosed with HIV, suffered from depression or had ever undergone an abortion. Under Government rules drawn up in 2013, staff do not have to obtain patients' prior consent as long as the information does not include names and is being used to improve care.


Facebooks AI's are building more AI's

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Facebook have kick started a trend of AI's building more AI's and it's only going to accelerate Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) are taking over the internet. DNNs, unlike their more basic pattern matching Machine Learning cousins are able to learn and replicate human like tasks by analysing vast amounts of digital data and these artificially intelligent systems are injecting online services with a power that just wasn't viable in years past. They're identifying faces in photos, powering search, pulling meaning from videos, applying meaning to language and translating complex conversations from one language to another. But what's less discussed is how the giants of the Internet go about building these rather remarkable engines of AI. Companies like Google and Facebook pay top dollar for some really smart people – only a few hundred souls on Earth have the talent and the training needed to really push the boundaries of Deep Learning and paying for these top minds is a lot like paying for an NFL quarterback but more expensive – Google reportedly bought DeepMind for $600 million not for it's technology but for its twelve strong team of researchers.


We need to talk about AI and access to publicly funded data-sets

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For more than a decade the company formerly known as Google, latterly rebranded Alphabet to illustrate the full breadth of its A to Z business ambitions, has engineered an annually increasing revenue generating empire which last year pulled in 75 billion. And it's done this mostly by mining user data for ad targeting intel. Slice it and dice it how you like but Google's business engine needs data like the human body needs oxygen. Most of its products are thus designed to remove friction to accessing more user data; whether it's free search, free email, free cloud storage, free document editing tools, free messaging apps, a fuzzy social network that no one loves but which is somehow still hanging around, free maps, a mobile OS platform that OEMs can load onto smartphone hardware without paying a license fee… Most of what Google builds it opens to all comers to keep the data pouring in. The bits and bytes must flow.