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It was a big week for AI. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced he’s putting $125 million towards a new initiative to create “common sense” for AI that will help the technology get even smarter. Plus, Microsoft announced several AI-fueled healthcare technologies including a scribe that listens in on conversations between doctors and patients.

On another note, Amazon came to an agreement to acquire smart home security company Ring, setting it up for a head-to-head battle with Google and its Nest smart home security brand.

On the Random Channel this week: A mesmerizing mobile game; A punderful parody twitter; The science behind an ancient Gate to Hell; Plus, check out GeekWire reporters on other recent podcasts from Winds of June and Yajagoff.

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