Google Quashes DeepMind’s Bid for More Independence: Google executives reportedly have rebuffed efforts by DeepMind — its esteemed AI subsidiary — to gain greater independence. According to The Wall Street Journal, which broke the story, DeepMind leaders had been in negotiations with Google regarding the future of their relationship for several years, but Google cut off those talks last month, effectively ending DeepMind’s pursuit of an independent legal structure and more control over research decisions. Since being acquired by Google in 2014, London-based DeepMind has produced a number of groundbreaking AI systems — from its board game-mastering AlphaGo to its protein-folding AlphaFold (which we covered last year). Those advances, though, may not have been possible without the financial backing of a tech giant like Alphabet, which has floated the outfit through hundreds of millions in operating losses over the years.
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PRC Ministry of Education Article:35 Key “Stranglehold” Technologies. This article briefly describes 35 technologies that China must import because it is unable to produce them domestically in sufficient quality or quantity. It expresses concern that key Chinese industries would be severely hampered if China’s supply of these technologies were to be cut off. This is a PRC Ministry of Education summary of a series of 35 articles—each profiling a different “stranglehold technology”—that a Chinese government-run newspaper published in 2018.
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