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Lord Adonis says artificial intelligence could help cut train delays

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Britain's transport network could be overhauled to curb disruption and delays, by making use of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, the chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission said today. But to do so, Lord Adonis said a national framework for infrastructure data is needed, to improve sharing of information among firms and lead to better quality and consistency of data. The former Labour transport secretary said making such a change could lead to faster road and rail journeys, fewer water leaks, and more reliable mobile and broadband connections. Read more: Here are Britain's infrastructure priorities from now to 2050 Lord Adonis said firms and agencies need to ramp up their efforts to share data on how well their infrastructure operates, while taking security precautions into account. A "digital framework task group" would have responsibility for driving progress here, and ensure firms shared information.


Tom Watson mocks Matt Hancock over robot a*** licking

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A Tory minister has been mocked for'robot a*** licking' after he gushed about the Government's artificial intelligence (AI) strategy online. Theresa May yesterday welcomed a new report which said Britain is the best equipped country in the world to embrace AI - but added on Twitter: 'I want us to do even more'. Her digital policy minister Matt Hancock rushed to respond to his boss online telling her that he was'on it'. But his tweet was greeted with mockery by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson who replied: 'We're not quite there with robot a*** licking yet but Matt's on it.' The jibe comes as both parties try to vie to be the champion of the rise of the robots despite fears they could cause millions of job losses in the UK as they muscle humans out of the workplace.


Digital healthcare accelerator offers £68k to machine learning, AI start-ups

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Artificial intelligence (AI) start-ups will be given the opportunity to receive up to £68,000 in funding as part of the 2018 Velocity Health programme. Velocity Health is an accelerator programme spear-headed by global healthcare firm Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) and Wayra UK, the accelerator platform owned by Telefónica. It was set up in 2015 and targets start-ups working to meet the challenges facing the NHS. This year, MSD and Wayra UK are seeking firms using machine learning and AI to support disease and illness prevention. Two companies will be offered a maximum of £68,000 each in funding and "acceleration services".


How artificial intelligence will underpin our world – from the home and beyond

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has been widely considered as the buzzword of the tech industry in 2017. The UK government has even dedicated £75m of funding for AI, including up to £45m to build AI capability and knowledge by increasing the number of AI PhD students to 200 a year. With governments launching dedicated funding and organisations from all walks of life racing to reposition themselves as tech companies - from launching chatbots to deploying big data analysis and deep learning - AI is transforming the way we work and how we interact with brands. In today's economic climate, organisations are seeking alterative methods and technologies to serve a larger volume of people, keeping customer service standards up and ensuring costs are managed. It is in this area that the explosion of AI-powered chatbots has disrupted the very meaning of customer service.


Velocity Health puts £68k up for grabs to machine learning, AI start-ups

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Artificial intelligence (AI) start-ups will be given the opportunity to receive up to £68,000 in funding as part of the 2018 Velocity Health programme. Velocity Health is an accelerator programme spear-headed by global Global healthcare firm Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) and Wayra UK, the accelerator platform owned by Telefónica. It was set up in 2015 and targets start-ups working to meet the challenges facing the NHS. This year, MSD and Wayra UK are seeking firms using machine learning and AI to support disease and illness prevention. Two companies will be offered a maximum of £68,000 each in funding and "acceleration services".


AI and its impact on productivity and employment

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Originally posted on The Horizons Tracker. As artificial intelligence (AI) has progressed at quite a pace in recent years, it is inevitable that governments have tried to get a handle on things and better understand how it might influence society. For instance, I wrote recently about a report by the British government's Science & Technology Select Committee into AI, which looked at a number of topics, from ethics to employment. Hot on the heels of this is another British government report, this time from the office of the Chief Scientific Advisor. It examines the increasingly blurred lines between big data and AI, and particularly the benefits of this for the state.


Almost nine in ten UK businesses to invest in AI by 2020

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While just over a fifth of UK businesses have already invested in Artificial Intelligence (AI), more than eight in every ten executives will do so over the coming years. According to the latest analysis, half of all UK organisations will have sunk over £10 million into digital technology by 2020, as companies look to avoid being left by the wayside amid a period of major innovation. However, concerns regarding a digital skills shortage are hampering efforts to get the most out of AI. A new study from Deloitte has examined the opinions of 51 executives from the UK's most influential companies and public sector entities – worth a combined market value of £229 billion – regarding the implementation of AI in their businesses. The findings of Deloitte's Digital Disruption Index showed that 85% of the leaders responsible for digital technologies intend to invest in AI by the turn of the decade.


Sunday LawTech Review – 3rd December 2017 – Technomancers – Legal Technology Blog

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Advent is upon us, and the season of overconsumption begins! My wife and I attended our first Christmas party of the year yesterday and the tree and decorations are going up this evening, in a solid attempt to be better organised this year! Whilst many of us might be starting to ease off for Christmas now, the LawTech sector has had another busy week. Legal Futures' Dan Bindman has written a great in depth piece on the Ailira chatbot that we mentioned in last weeks LawTech Review. Artificial Intelligence may help you win your next court case!


Google pledges 10,000 staff to tackle extremist content

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Google will dedicate more than 10,000 staff to rooting out violent extremist content on YouTube in 2018, the video sharing website's chief has said. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Susan Wojcicki said some users were exploiting YouTube to "mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm". She said the website, owned by Google, had used "computer-learning" technology that could find extremist videos. More than 150,000 of these videos have been removed since June, she said. In March, the UK government suspended its adverts from YouTube, following concerns they were appearing next to inappropriate content.


Three MIT seniors awarded 2018 Marshall Scholarships

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Nick Schwartz, Olivia Zhao, and Liang Zhou -- have been named winners of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Funded by the British government, the Marshall Scholarship program supports one or two years of graduate study in any field at a U.K. institution. Up to 40 top American students are selected each year. This year's awards continue MIT's strong showing; last year, MIT had four Marshall Scholar winners, the largest number of any university. Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, leadership, and ambassadorial potential to strengthen U.S.-U.K. understanding.