Here is your weekly dose of data science news with the best picks from our blog. This week, we talked about DeepMind’s deal with the NHS, Facebook being fined for its WhatsApp merger, and Vivacity Labs' £1.6M round.
DeepMind's access to NHS data is "legally inappropriate" Alphabet-owned artificial intelligence laboratory DeepMind accessed the personal records of 1.6 million UK patients in a way the NHS’s senior data protection adviser has labelled “legally inappropriate.” Britain’s National Data Guardian Fiona Caldicott flagged this up in a letter to the Royal Free NHS Trust.
AI startup Vivacity Labs raises £1.6M in new round London-based AI startup Vivacity Labs has secured a £1.6 million funding round from Downing Ventures, Tracsis and the London Co-Investment Fund. Founded in 2015, the company is developing AI-powered cameras to regulate vehicle traffic in real time. READ MORE
Facebook to pay £94M fine to EU over WhatsApp merger The EU has fined Facebook £94 million over its 2014 WhatsApp takeover. Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager found that the social network gave “incorrect or misleading information” regarding how it intended to use the data owned by the messaging app. READ MORE
Google to launch On-Device AI for Android Right now, most of Google’s machine learning applications are only accessible to users who can get an Internet connection and tap into the cloud. But at its event I/O, Google announced it is going to embed AI capabilities directly in its handsets. READ MORE
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