Artificial Intelligence

Sparrow AI chatbot isn’t ready for public consumption: DeepMind researchers want to ensure the new chatbot is safe before release. Their approach could help make conversational AI products more useful.

Nvidia’s new edge AI computing platform highlights the need to protect surgical robots and medical devices from hacking.

Augment promises ‘the future of productivity’ is here: After a year of secrecy, the startup is now beta testing a potentially disruptive virtual assistant. Watch for mimicry and takeover attempts.

Pfizer expands its agreement with CytoReason by five years to boost AI’s role in drug development. We spotlight the trend in the pharma world.

Researchers splash cold water on AI progress: A new study paints a grim scenario of how AI could turn on humanity. It illustrates the benefits of tech companies heeding ethicists' warnings.

EU moves to make IoT devices safer: Smart home device manufacturers are being compelled to develop more secure devices and be more transparent about flaws and fixes. Industry-wide standards are needed.

Voice assistants are progressively becoming embedded in daily life as the technologies behind these products improve. Tech companies are increasingly centralizing their product strategies around voice assistants by incorporating them into more products to build out their respective ecosystems.

pharma companies like Novo Nordisk are using AI to cull data insights for drug discovery.

Reddit’s AI acquisition will help with targeting, brand safety: The platform says Spiketrap will help contextualize conversations and advertising on its platform.

Virtual Incision’s plans for a robotic space visit highlight the need to make digital surgery devices much smaller.

Google’s ‘sentient’ chatbot unleashed: LaMBDA 2 will soon be available for public testing. With the precautionary principle ignored, it’s the latest experimental chatbot trained via the internet and random conversations.

AI becomes a must-have tool for retailers: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Levi’s, Panera, and others are relying on the technology across all areas of their businesses.

AI is moving fast and might break things: Keen Technologies’ goal for human-like AI is part of a trend that’s triggered an ethical AI backlash. But there’s a common-ground approach.

AI art can help and hurt advertisers: Several AI image generators have gained traction, but ethical problems could harm marketers who jump on board.

Why do businesses stay with bad cloud providers? Despite cloud overspending, enterprises that try to leave providers face expensive data migration fees. An EU proposal could help restrain cloud monopolies.

A patient-focused AI system: A smartphone test harnesses AI to predict and detect falls among lower-limb amputees. It’s an example of how AI can directly benefit patients and reduce complications.

Google tackles AI’s biggest challenge: Under its Everyday Robots subsidiary, the tech giant is building bots that understand what humans really want. But internet data could steer the project off-course.

Amazon is acquiring Roomba vacuum maker iRobot, adding yet another connected device to its offerings.

Digital startups to watch this week: We spotlight funding rounds from predictive analytics platform Biofourmis, AI medical documentation company Abridge, and virtual health clinic Salvo Health.