IBM and MIT launch $240M AI research lab with a focus on healthcare applications

.@IBM and #MIT launch $240M #AI research lab with a focus on #healthcare applications

  • IBM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have inked a 10-year, $240 million deal to develop a research lab devoted entirely to artificial intelligence, with a heavy emphasis on healthcare.
  • MIT professors and students will have access to IBM’s research lab which includes IBM Watson Health and IBM Security.
  • Although the lab will broadly focus on AI’s impact across several industries, there’s a clear emphasis on how to integrate new algorithms into healthcare and cybersecurity.
  • Beyond research, MIT and IBM plan to launch new companies to commercialize AI technologies and innovations developed in the lab.
  • “The combined MIT and IBM talent dedicated to this new effort will bring formidable power to a field with staggering potential to advance knowledge and help solve important challenges.”

IBM Watson and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have inked a 10-year, $240 million deal to develop a research lab devoted entirely to artificial intelligence, with a heavy emphasis on healthcare. Anantha Chandrakasan, the dean of MIT’s School of Engineering, said cancer care will be a particular focus.
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How Starbucks is using artificial intelligence to connect with customers and boost sales

How Starbucks is using #AI to connect with customers.  [via @geekwire ]

  • How Starbucks is using artificial intelligence to connect with customers and boost sales
  • “We will see the contribution of those four elements of the digital flywheel double across the next five years,” said Ryan.
  • Amazon scoops up more land in Seattle, pointing to potential 5th tower in new campus
  • Seattle region home to 10 of nation’s 30 most competitive neighborhoods for house hunters, Redfin says
  • Seattle-based Starbucks is going strong – growing steadily and last month posting its most profitable quarter and fiscal year ever.

Imagine pulling into a Starbucks drive-thru and seeing not just your drink order but your name on the screen — along with the suggestions of what foods you
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Concrete AI safety problems

Concrete #AI safety problems

  • Advancing AI requires making AI systems smarter, but it also requires preventing accidents – that is, ensuring that AI systems do what people actually want them to do.
  • We think that broad AI safety collaborations will enable everyone to build better machine learning systems.
  • We (along with researchers from Berkeley and Stanford) are co-authors on today’s paper led by Google Brain researchers, Concrete Problems in AI Safety .
  • Many of the problems are not new, but the paper explores them in the context of cutting-edge systems.
  • The paper explores many research problems around ensuring that modern machine learning systems operate as intended.

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@RickKing16: “Concrete #AI safety problems”


We (along with researchers from Berkeley and Stanford) are co-authors on today’s paper led by Google Brain researchers, Concrete Problems in AI Safety. The paper explores many research problems around ensuring that modern machine learning systems operate as intended. (The problems are very practical, and we’ve already seen some being integrated into OpenAI Gym.)


Concrete AI safety problems