Seven real-life use cases for Google DeepMind’s machine learning systems

The artificial intelligence company has already revealed some intriguing applications of its technology

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DeepMind has attracted mixed headlines since Google paid £400 million for the artificial intelligence (AI) startup in January 2014. When an AI system built by DeepMind won a series of Go matches against the world's best player of the Chinese board game, the possibilities of the technology inspired wonder. That was soon tempered by criticisms of its controversial access to personal health records, which the ICO ruled had breached the Data Protection Act in DeepMind's trial at the Royal Free Hospital.

From their lab in King's Cross, London, 140 DeepMind researchers develop software systems capable of independent learning through AI algorithms. The company has worked with a small number of organisations to implement its technology so far, but there are already some intriguing real-life use cases emerging.

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