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AI Biweekly: Google Pushes Its Enterprise Services; AI Takes a Creative Role in Media Production

The big news from Google in the last two weeks includes the CEO change in Google Cloud's business and new efforts in the Google Health department. After three years as the CEO of Google Cloud, Diane Greene announced that she will step down.

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IvanZhou

Ivan Zhou – Analyst, Global Industry

Google’s Recent Moves on Enterprise Services

The big Google news from the last two weeks includes the CEO change at Google Cloud’s business and new efforts in the Google Health department. After three years as the CEO of Google Cloud, Diane Greene announced that she will step down. Thomas Kurian from Oracle will take her role. The new hire signals that Google still has big ambitions in enterprise services and wants to push for greater success in that sector. Greene built the Google Cloud unit almost from scratch, but it still trails competitors Amazon and Microsoft. The main goal for new CEO Kurian will be to increase market share and help Google build successful enterprise solution practices.

Google recently appointed healthcare expert David Feinberg as CEO of Google Health and integrated DeepMind’s healthcare AI product streams into Google Health. The moves indicate the company’s keen interest in another enterprise solution business: Healthcare. After Google announced their AI-first strategy, one of their critical directions was to gain more revenue from enterprise services. If either the cloud or healthcare businesses take off, this will set a good precedent for Google’s transition to AI-driven enterprise solutions.

November 16 – November Oracle Executive Thomas Kurian Will Replace Diane Greene as the new Google Cloud CEO

November 13 – Google Absorbs DeepMind’s Streams Team into Google Health

  • Google announced it will move DeepMind’s team behind Streams into Google Health. The team will remain in London and the patient data it has collected will be protected.
  • Streams is an app that helps medical professionals predict and identify any potentially life-threatening issue in patients. It aims to be used by healthcare professionals globally.
  • Google appointed a new CEO of Google Health, Dr. David Feinberg, to manage Google’s work, from hardware to algorithms, in the area of healthcare.
  • https://deepmind.com/blog/scaling-streams-google/

NicholasRichards

Nicolas Richard – Analyst, Global Industry

AI’s Creative Side

AI is proving itself to be a potential engine for media production across various mediums and is a great creative assistant. Quartz is seeing promise from machine learning tools that can parse through large data sets to help journalists develop stories. Digital news publication Quartz has secured funding to hire a developer and producer to run the Quartz AI studio, which will further explore AI applications in media.

In advertising, Lexus deployed AI to come up with a brilliant commercial promoting the Lexus SE. The car company’s agencies teamed up with IBM Watson to develop a script based on data insights from 15 years of advertising footage. The result was a very engaging storyline in which a machine plays the protagonist. However, the AI system does not work alone, it is supported by human writers and directors to achieve more powerful results.

November 20 – Quartz Forms Quartz AI Studio with $250k Grant from Knight Foundation

  • Quartz has launched the Quartz AI Studio and is developing an AI application that helps journalists produce certain types of news reports through big data analysis.
  • The application is being developed with funding from the Knight Foundation which will be used to hire a developer and producer in January
  • In 2016 Quartz launched the Quartz Bot Studio to develop chatbots that promote its articles.
  • https://digiday.com/media/quartz-forms-quartz-ai-studio/

November 19 – First AI-Scripted Commercial Debuts, Directed by Kevin Macdonald for Lexus


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November 21 – AI Adoption Among Canadian Businesses Stagnant: Only 16 Percent of Companies Use AI, Unchanged Since 2014

November 20 – Quartz Forms Quartz AI Studio with $250k grant from Knight Foundation

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November 19 – Lidar Startup AEye Raises $40m Series B Led by the Taiwanese Government’s Investment Firm

November 19 – GM’s Self-Driving Unit Cruise Is Expanding to Seattle

November 16 – Google is building an ‘AI-Powered Assistant’ For Nurses And Doctors

November 13 – ‘Data Is the New Oil’: UAE Says Energy Executives Should Embrace AI to Improve Profits


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