DeepMind is a pretty heady name for a company. Nonetheless, it is one of Google’s recent acquisitions designed to position Google as king-of-the-hill in healthcare apps, data analytics and artificial intelligence . To date, they have demonstrated a healthy appetite for solving really interesting problems that include:
- A kidney monitoring app called Streams
- Some machine learning projects for the detection of age-related macular degeneration and another to help clinicians plan radiotherapy for head and neck cancers
- Artificial intelligence project (WaveNet) that can mimic human speech by learning how to form the individual sound waves a human voice creates
This past April, DeepMind came under fire when it was discovered that they were given access to nearly 2 million patient records. So while there is huge promise in the world of artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and advanced analytics, the fundamentals of transparency, informed consent and ethical uses of data cannot be forgotten.