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Irene Trexler 2016-05-18
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Google announced it this evening at its Google I/O 2016 Developer Conference.

It s that thing on the right, if you hadn t already guessed, which is also fair because it looks so unassuming.

Powering Google Home is Assistant, Google s scarily intelligent new AI which allows you to have a conversation with it as though it were human.

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What s going to make Home really powerful is Brillo, the operating system that Google has developed for Internet of Things devices.

Once Brillo starts to appear on the next-generation of home products from light switches to air-conditioning units Home will truly be able to control every aspect of your house.

Of course that s on top of the fact that if you own an Android smartphone Home already knows your commuting routes, your friend s birthdays and that Indian takeaway place that you love to order from on a Friday.

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The NHS Royal Free Trust said it plans to continue testing a kidney monitoring app developed by Google DeepMind, despite regulators moving in.The app, known as Streams, aims to help clinicians detect acute kidney injury AKI — a condition that kills more than 1,000 people a month.A Royal Free spokesman denied that trials with DeepMind had been suspended after TechCrunch reported the app was not currently being used.

"The UK s medicines and healthcare devices regulator, the MHRA, is in talks with Google DeepMind and the Royal Free about the app, according to TechCrunch.

"We have been in contact with Google since May 4 and are currently in discussions with them about whether or not their app needs to be registered as a device," a spokesman for the MHRA told TechCrunch.The Information Commissioners Office ICO is also investigating the partnership between the two organisations after receiving a small number of complaints from individuals.So far, the Royal Free has carried out three small "user tests" for the Streams app involving an unspecified number of patients.

Each trial lasted between two and six days and involved up to six clinicians.DeepMind came under scrutiny after New Scientist revealed it had signed an extensive data-sharing agreement with the NHS Royal Free Trust to develop the Streams app.

The agreement gives DeepMind access to 1.6 million medical records for patients across three London hospitals: Barnet, Chase Farm, and the Royal Free.Through the data-sharing agreement with the NHS, DeepMind will be able to see data that is unrelated to kidney function, including whether people are HIV-positive as well as details of drug overdoses and abortions.

Privacy campaigners and healthcare professionals have questioned why DeepMind needs access to so much data to develop a relatively niche app.A board of healthcare experts and government tech leaders are due to scrutinise DeepMind's work with the NHS.

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Irene Trexler 2016-05-18
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Google announced it this evening at its Google I/O 2016 Developer Conference.

It s that thing on the right, if you hadn t already guessed, which is also fair because it looks so unassuming.

Powering Google Home is Assistant, Google s scarily intelligent new AI which allows you to have a conversation with it as though it were human.

Google

What s going to make Home really powerful is Brillo, the operating system that Google has developed for Internet of Things devices.

Once Brillo starts to appear on the next-generation of home products from light switches to air-conditioning units Home will truly be able to control every aspect of your house.

Of course that s on top of the fact that if you own an Android smartphone Home already knows your commuting routes, your friend s birthdays and that Indian takeaway place that you love to order from on a Friday.

Irene Trexler 2016-05-18
img

The NHS Royal Free Trust said it plans to continue testing a kidney monitoring app developed by Google DeepMind, despite regulators moving in.The app, known as Streams, aims to help clinicians detect acute kidney injury AKI — a condition that kills more than 1,000 people a month.A Royal Free spokesman denied that trials with DeepMind had been suspended after TechCrunch reported the app was not currently being used.

"The UK s medicines and healthcare devices regulator, the MHRA, is in talks with Google DeepMind and the Royal Free about the app, according to TechCrunch.

"We have been in contact with Google since May 4 and are currently in discussions with them about whether or not their app needs to be registered as a device," a spokesman for the MHRA told TechCrunch.The Information Commissioners Office ICO is also investigating the partnership between the two organisations after receiving a small number of complaints from individuals.So far, the Royal Free has carried out three small "user tests" for the Streams app involving an unspecified number of patients.

Each trial lasted between two and six days and involved up to six clinicians.DeepMind came under scrutiny after New Scientist revealed it had signed an extensive data-sharing agreement with the NHS Royal Free Trust to develop the Streams app.

The agreement gives DeepMind access to 1.6 million medical records for patients across three London hospitals: Barnet, Chase Farm, and the Royal Free.Through the data-sharing agreement with the NHS, DeepMind will be able to see data that is unrelated to kidney function, including whether people are HIV-positive as well as details of drug overdoses and abortions.

Privacy campaigners and healthcare professionals have questioned why DeepMind needs access to so much data to develop a relatively niche app.A board of healthcare experts and government tech leaders are due to scrutinise DeepMind's work with the NHS.