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Google AI research: Jeff Dean touts D'Kitty, retinal scan for anemia

Google is working on several long-term artificial intelligence projects it hopes to launch widely someday. Recently promoted Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has been talking about an "AI-first world" since 2016, and the company uses the technology across many of its businesses, from search advertising to self-driving cars. But regulators are expressing concern about the growing power and lack of understanding about how AI works and what it can do. "Right now, one of the problems in machine learning is we tend to tackle each problem separately," said head of Google AI Jeff Dean at Google's San Francisco offices Tuesday. "These long arcs of research are really important to pick fundamental important problems and continue to make progress on them." While most of Google's projects are still years out from broad use, Dean said they are important in moving Google products along.

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