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Google botches AI ethics board, DeepMind shows off medical prototype

While DeepMind was once drawing criticism for over-reaching an agreement with the NHS, hoovering up more data than the government was expecting, it is now showing off the fruits of its labors – a prototype retinal scanner that should have generated a lot more buzz than it seems to have done. This is because Alphabet-sibling Google has managed to shoot itself in the foot, thanks to the controversial make-up of its new AI ethics panel. The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) has infuriated a sizable part of its workforce (1.796 Googlers so far), who have filed a letter to call for the removal of Kay Coles James, due to her anti-carbon-regulation, anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ sentiment as president of a…

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