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.
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This week’s stories:
- Amazon to acquire Ring video doorbell maker, cracking open the door in home security market
- Paul Allen to invest $125M for new ‘common sense AI’ project, aims to achieve ‘major breakthroughs’
- How Paul Allen’s plan to make AI more sensible aims to keep us humans safer
- Microsoft and UPMC unveil virtual AI assistant that listens in and takes notes on doctor’s visits