Google has insisted UK user data will remain safe despite plans to move millions of accounts to the US, where there is weaker oversight. The tech giant said it will shift control of UK data from Google Ireland – where it is under tough EU regulation – to its American parent Google LLC as a result of Brexit. EU-wide GDPR rules which require firms to protect people’s data and privacy are among the strictest in the world, but the US has no equivalent.
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The European Union has unveiled proposals to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology.
The report is part of the bloc’s wider digital strategy aimed at maintaining its position as the global pacesetter on technological standards.
Data analytics firm Qlik has partnered with health and care leaders in West Cheshire, UK, to develop analytics tools that identify and support patients at risk of health deterioration.
Cheshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, the body responsible for commissioning health and care services for the West Cheshire region, said Qlik's tools will give people "more control over their health and wellbeing", empower carers, reduce admin for care professionals and support the development of new medicines and treatments.
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British businesses are in dire need of more deep learning talent and risk falling behind other countries if the skills gap is not bridged, according to new research.
AI firm Peltarion surveyed UK and Nordic firms about the impact of the AI skills shortage on their businesses. 83 percent of the AI decision-makers surveyed said the deep learning skills shortage is hampering business productivity and competitiveness. 49 percent said AI projects had been delayed due to the gap, while 44 percent said the shortage was preventing further investment in the technology.
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Patients and the general public must be given a say on how their data is used by the NHS, a new report says.
The research from Imperial College London warns that if the public is not “deeply involved” in setting goals and limits on the use of data, it could lose trust in the NHS.
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An EU proposal to temporarily ban facial recognition technology has divided opinion in the upper echelons of the techsphere, with leaders from Google and Microsoft offering divergent responses to the proposed bill.
Alphabet chief executive Sundar Pichai was quick to back the proposal, that leaked online this week, over concerns the technology could be misused. Meanwhile, Microsoft President and chief legal officer Brad Smith said an outright ban would be a step too far and called for a more measured response.
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Writing in the Financial Times, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said new rules were needed to ensure it was developed and used responsibly. Artificial intelligence is “too important” not to be regulated because of the damage it could cause if left unchecked, the boss of Google has said. Sundar Pichai said the correct use of AI had the potential to save lives, but issues such as deepfakes and the “nefarious uses of facial recognition” showed it could also be a danger to public safety.
Insight Partners has announced the acquisition of Swiss software startup Veeam for $5 billion, just months after the private equity firm invested $500 million in the data management company.
Veeam, which posted revenues of $1 billion last year and has 365,000 customers worldwide, helps companies manage data backup and recovery across public clouds and their in-house data centres. Following the deal, Veeam will become a US company.
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The online tech giant has been given free access to NHS data – excluding confidential information – but campaigners say Amazon should pay for it. The Government has been accused of breaching state aid rules by allowing Amazon to have access to public NHS data for free.
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The future data economy will be a mostly collaborative economy, and this can happen only when there is a win-win for all stakeholders.
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With the cloud industry establishing itself as a key movement in the provision of IT infrastructure around the world, the emergence of US dominant global hyperscale providers has placed many European government organisations in an increasingly difficult position.
The issue is one of independence, or more precisely, the enormous reliance that organisations based in Europe have on the market-leading, largely US-based cloud providers, who must enforce US-based regulations and practices that aren’t suitable for European citizens and company data.
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In August 2019, Russian media reports began to emerge that orphans were being brought to summer camps in Lithuania and taught to kill. The catch? The story wasn’t true – it was ‘fake news’. Although summer camps do exist in Lithuania (as they do the world over), the young attendees weren’t being taught warfare techniques.
Misinformation campaigns have long been used by hostile governments against enemies and competitors, yet in the past few years the problem of ‘fake news’ has grown dramatically in scale. Facilitated by social media, it’s easier than ever to spread lies and confusion online. But concerned citizens are starting to take a stand - and they’re using AI to help.
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In this exclusive Q&A, Geoff Willis, Director of Digital Engineering Transformation for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, explains how Mercedes is using data science and visualisation to stay ahead of the pack
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“As a society we are now experiencing a tsunami of new technologies,” says Jorge Velázquez, Director of Business Transformation at Spain’s BUPA-Sanitas Hospitals. From stem cell therapies to the bio printing of human tissues, exoskeletons to bionic implants, ‘Big Data’ to AI, a dizzying range of new technologies is coming to the healthcare sector. All these new technologies could help doctors and patients treat illnesses better.
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“In order to benefit from the value of good AI, you must first ensure that you have great data. So, in order achieve this, you need to first understand your practices, then understand your data, and only then can you effectively work out where to add value with AI.’’ That’s according to Phil Harvey, Senior Cloud Solution Architect for Data & Artificial Intelligence at Microsoft UK. Through a combination of design workshops, hacks and advice, Phil empowers Microsoft’s vast partner community to make the best use of Azure’s data and AI powers.
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Like many other companies seeking to orchestrate the raft of technologies entering the market, the British Heart Foundation recently appointed its debut CTO. Ursula Dolton, who has had a wide-ranging career, working for likes of Jaguar & Land Rover, Citi Group and in a variety of sectors, was chosen to steer the ship.
The charity, which provides support to the millions of people living with heart and circulatory disease and conducts invaluable medical research, has an ambitious goal of creating a “world free from the fear of heart and circulatory disease” by 2030. Ursula’s role is to ensure that technology - including data, AI, cloud computing - serves this objective.
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Business changes all the time, but advances in today’s technologies have accelerated the pace of change. Machine learning analyses historical data and behaviours to predict patterns and make decisions. It has proved hugely successful in retail for its ability to tailor products and services to customers.
Unsurprisingly, retail banking and machine learning are a perfect combination. Thanks to machine learning, functions such as fraud detection and credit scoring are now automated. Banks also leverage machine learning and predictive analytics to offer their customers a far more personalised user experience, recommend new products, and animate chatbots that help with routine transactions such as account checking and paying bills.
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