Microsoft Takes on AI Risks; Ex-Googler’s New Concept in Health Care

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 12:05 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corporation attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 2017. (Reuters)

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corporation, attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 2017. (Reuters)

Microsoft CEO Nadella: ‘Steer AI Away From Replacing People’

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella cautioned tech companies against showcasing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) while undermining workers’ dignity. Speaking at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Nadella said the current AI race seeks to replace humans rather than complement their work. Nadella’s warning comes amid a flurry of investment by the world’s leading tech firms into artificial intelligence. But a report released this week by McKinsey Global Institute suggests machines will replace specific human tasks at a much slower pace than feared.

Meet Forward, an Ex-Googler’s Plan to Reinvent Health Care

Forward is a new concept in health care. The startup, based in San Francisco, looks more like an Apple store. Doctors and nurses have access to digital medical records before patients reach the examination room and can share them as needed to determine diagnosis and treatment. Once patients leave, they are provided with wearable devices that keep track of their vitals and transmit the data in real time to caregivers. The startup does not take insurance, but charges a membership fee that covers a slew of services.

Indian Privacy Case Against WhatsApp Gains Momentum

India’s top court is asking Facebook, WhatsApp and the country’s government to provide details relating to a lawsuit against WhatsApp’s data-sharing policies. Last year, the messaging app reneged on its 2010 privacy commitments and changed its privacy policy to share customer data with Facebook. Indians filing against WhatsApp argue that the company maintained after Facebook acquired it that its privacy policy would not change.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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