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Police use of facial recognition gets reined in by UK court - CNET

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A close-up of a police facial recognition camera used in Cardiff, Wales. Since 2017, police in the UK have been testing live, or real-time, facial recognition in public places to try to identify criminals. The legality of these trials has been widely questioned by privacy and human rights campaigners, who just won a landmark case that could have a lasting impact on how police use the technology in the future. In a ruling Tuesday, the UK Court of Appeal said South Wales Police had been using the technology unlawfully, which amounted to a violation of human rights. In a case brought by civil liberties campaigner Ed Bridges and supported by human rights group Liberty, three senior judges ruled that the South Wales Police had violated Bridges' right to privacy under the European Convention of Human Rights.

Milton Keynes, the Model Town Building Itself Around Self-Driving Cars

IEEE Spectrum

In October, the largest self-driving car project backed by the British government wrapped up three years worth of testing aimed at getting autonomous vehicles onto roads by 2021. Many of the autonomous car and pod tests took place in Milton Keynes, a town built for cars that represents one of the fastest-growing city or town economies in the United Kingdom. Originally founded as a new "model town" in 1967, Milton Keynes is a city in all but name after having grown to 280,000 people in 50 years. But the same economic success means that Milton Keynes--built in a grid layout and suburban style--faces a number of growing pains that it's looking to ease with the help of autonomous vehicle technology. The recent UK Autodrive tests were designed to test the capabilities of both self-driving cars and smaller autonomous pod vehicles made by Coventry, UK-based Aurrigo, a division of RDM Group, with an eye toward easing traffic congestion and possibly even eliminating the need for cars in the city center.

Russia calls poisoning accusations by Britain 'nonsense'

Los Angeles Times

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Russia's involvement is "highly likely," and she gave the country a deadline of midnight Tuesday to explain its actions in the case. She is reviewing a range of economic and diplomatic measures in retaliation for the assault with what she identified as the military-grade nerve agent Novichok.

IoT, Blockchain and AI: The 3 emerging technologies driving IT spending in 2018 - IoT Tech Expo


In 2018, worldwide IT spending is predicted to hit $3.7 trillion, an increase of 4.5% from 2017 according to a recent report by Gartner. The increase in spending will be driven by emerging technologies; IoT, Blockchain and AI are projected to be the key growth areas. Many feel the game-changer for emerging technologies lies in the convergence of IoT, Blockchain and AI. Recently IoT Tech Expo speaker, Cisco's Maciej Kranz* stated that 2018 will be the time when the leading technologies of today; AI, IoT and blockchain will converge to power new solutions. And we can already see an example of this from Porsche which is currently testing IoT, AI and blockchain technology solutions for smart cars.

UK kicks off driverless car law review to get tech on the road by 2021


In 2021 the UK government intends the country to be well on its way to a driverless future. No, not a cheap joke about Brexit -- yesterday it announced a three-year regulatory review to "pave the way for self-driving cars". The law review meshes with that goal, though the government is clearly giving itself a very tight timetable for resolving regulatory complications and passing the necessary legislation. The myriad technological challenges of ensuring autonomous vehicles can operate safety and efficiently in all weather conditions are really just one portion of the challenge here. Other major barriers include things like public acceptance of self-driving technology, and liability and insurance complications that arise once you remove human drivers from the mix -- raising questions like how do you apportion blame when something goes wrong?

Robots could replace human crop pickers in the UK ZDNet


Robots may one day replace human crop pickers in the UK in light of a decline in the seasonal labor market. GummiArm, a soft robot capable of crop picking, is the brainchild of researchers from the University of Plymouth. Academics from the institution and producers from Cornwall have worked together to create robots which could work alongside existing employees in the crop picking industry through the Automated Brassica harvest in Cornwall (ABC) project. The aim of the project is to develop "cutting-edge technology to help with the cauliflower harvest and potentially other fieldwork operations." The GummiArm was born from this need, especially in light of labor market fluctuations following the decision on Brexit.

How artificial intelligence will change the way we live and work


From the UK to the UAE, China and the USA, governments are putting serious money and resources behind efforts to corner the artificial intelligence (AI) market.

UK commits £1.8m to boosting airport security with AI


The UK government has sunk £1.8 million into the development of cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) to bolster security and help alleviate wait times at some of the country's busiest airports.

Artificial Intelligence Poses Risk From Malicious Actors Silicon UK


Artificial Intelligence promises many positive developments, but experts have warned that the technology could be exploited for malicious purposes.

Amazon may be developing its own AI chips


Amazon has begun work on creating its own custom-made AI processors to power its Echo devices, reports have indicated, in order to decrease their reliance on the cloud.