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AI for good challenge: tackling the climate emergency - 100% funded R&D

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Scottish Enterprise, in collaboration with the Scottish Government, is looking for innovative organisations to help solve the climate emergency by harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This 100% funded R&D SBRI project will provide up to 6 contracts of £28,000 over a 10-week period in phase 1. And up to £133,000 will be available for three successful phase 2 solutions over the following 12 months. Scottish Enterprise is seeking creative, cutting-edge proposals that can demonstrate the ability to support climate change mitigation and adaption. The deadline for submission is 6 January 2020 at 12 noon.


H2020 upcoming calls on Robotics and AI: Information and Brokerage day - Digital Single Market - European Commission

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During the day the EC representatives will present the details of the calls for proposals, euRobotics will provide additional information, including presentations on the existing Digital Innovation Hubs, and the proposers will have the possibility to present their project ideas or expertise to the audience, offering them an excellent networking opportunity to complement their consortium, or to join a consortium. Registration is free of charge, but mandatory to get access to the venue. Please have a look at the programme. You can also follow the event via live webstreaming. The recoding will be available after a few days.


SC judge calls for 'expert commission' on algorithms

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A Supreme Court justice has added his voice to calls for the regulation of computer algorithms handling crucial decisions about people's lives. An'expert commission' could help ensure that automated decision making processes have'a capacity for mercy', Lord Sales (Philip Sales QC), said last night. Presenting the British and Irish Legal Information Institute's Sir Henry Brooke Lecture, Lord Sales said the growing role of algorithms and artificial intelligence poses significant legal problems, in particular around the fundamental concept of agency. Existing prejudices could be embedded in hidden rules that are impossible to challenge, he said. 'AI may get to the stage where it will understand the rules of equity and how to recognise hard cases, but we are not there yet.'


UK AI - Where are we now?

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Back in October 2017, publication of the Hall & Pesenti review, Growing the Artificial Intelligence Industry in the UK, caused something of a stir – if subsequent actions are anything to go by. Seven months after the independent, government commissioned study hit ministers' desks, the AI Sector Deal was announced. Trumpeted as a £1 billion Whitehall vote of confidence in the industry – which has deep, historic roots in the UK – closer examination revealed it to be a more conservative £300 million of public funds backed by a promise of £700 million from industrial and academic partnerships. It still provided a welcome boost to the country's ambitions, even if the announcement itself was fumbled by the mandarins of SW1. At a Westminster eForum event in February 2018, the Deal was trailed for publication in early March.


Deepfake video of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn endorsing each other for Prime Minister released

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Two eerily realistic videos featuring Boris Johnson and rival Jeremy Corbyn endorsing each other for the role of prime minister have been released by a thinktank to highlight the spread of deepfake technology. Future Advocacy released the bizarre videos in a stunt to raise awareness on the dangers surrounding online disinformation. This is the first time deepfakes of political candidates have been released during a live election in the UK. In the election-style address a character resembling Boris Johnson says: 'Hi folks, I am here with a very special message. 'Since that momentous day in 2016, division has coursed through our country as we argue with fantastic passion, vim and vigour about Brexit.


AI: Ethics and Algorithms

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In October a German group published its position on ethics and AI. With the new European Commission tipped to put forward a comprehensive AI policy in the first 100 days of office, a lot of scrutiny has been given to the proposals. German consumer rights organisation, vzbv, CEO, Klaus Müller explained: "We expect this report – which was drafted by experts for the German Ministries of the interior and justice/consumers – to influence the plans of the European Commission. At the presentation of the report people already said that its findings should now become part of the EU-level debate." There are several reasons to take the report seriously.


A guide to using artificial intelligence in the public sector

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The Government Digital Service (GDS) and the Office for Artificial Intelligence (OAI) have published joint guidance on how to build and use artificial intelligence (AI) in the public sector. OAI, GDS, and The Alan Turing Institute (ATI) have partnered to produce guidance on how to use AI ethically and safely. Every day, artificial intelligence (AI) is changing how we experience the world. We already use AI to find the fastest route home, alert us of suspicious activity in our bank accounts and filter out spam emails. Indeed, Artificial Intelligence and Data was named as one of the four'Grand Challenges' in the Industrial Strategy White Paper, which are global trends that will transform our future and contribute to the government's long-term plan to boost productivity in the UK.


AI World 2019 Reporters' Notebook: European Commission Warning On Data Privacy; News from Exelon, PARC, CVS, and More - AI Trends

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The AI World Conference & Expo is packed few days with news emanating from the Expo floor, the plenary sessions, a hackathon and tracks. There's more good stuff than a writer can possibly fit into post-event coverage. Our Reporters' Notebook comprises some of the bits and pieces that we collected over the three days in Boston. In an address to attendees of AI World 2019 in Boston recently, Paul F. Nemitz, principal Advisor, Directorate General and Justice and Consumers, European Commission, issued a warning about privacy. In a talk entitled, "Democracy, Ethics and the Rule of Law in the Age of AI," Nemitz provided the European view of privacy, calling the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation, in effect May 2018) "the most sophisticated system for protecting personal data."


UK government funds 18 projects to develop anti-drone technologies ZDNet

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The UK government has approved £2 million ($2.57 million) worth of funding for 18 projects that will develop anti-drone and drone detection technologies. The funding comes part of a competition held by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) program under the UK's Ministry of Defence (MOD). MOD officials approved funding earlier this year, in April, after a series of amateur drone incursions froze air travel at several airports across the UK. Infamous is a three-day incident at the Gatwick Airport in London just before Christmas last year, and another day of flight cancellations in January, at Heathrow, London, one of the world's largest airports. In April, MOD, through DASA, asked the private sector for solutions to detect and neutralize "small UAS (unmanned aerial system) threats."


In the public interest The Actuary, the official magazine of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

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Since its establishment 100 years ago in 1919, the UK Government Actuary's Department (GAD) has been at the heart of actuarial advice, serving the public interest by providing specialist risk and finance advice to public policymakers. This is directly related to a requirement of the IFoA Royal Charter, under which the profession has a duty to put the public interest first. GAD's role has changed significantly since its inception. In the early years, it advised the National Health Insurance Joint Committee, providing advice to support the financial management of the newly introduced old age pension and health insurance systems. Over time, its influence widened as it provided advice on public service pensions, expanding social security benefits and population projections.