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UK rolls out AI-based cancer detection for NHS patients


Leader in AI-powered cancer diagnostics, Ibex Medical Analytics and provider of digital pathology services in the NHS, LDPath, have announced the UK's first rollout of clinical grade AI application for cancer detection in pathology. This platform will support pathologists in enhancing diagnostic accuracy and efficiency. Over the years, a global increase in cancer cases has coincided with a decline in the number of pathologists around the world. Traditional pathology involves manual processes that have remained the same for years. These processes involve slides to be analysed by pathologists using microscopes, and reporting is often carried out on pieces of paper.

UK regulators call Google, Apple search engine deal a 'barrier' to competition


UK regulators have criticized a browser deal between Apple and Google as a "significant" barrier to search engine competition. The CMA claims that current laws are not enough to properly manage and regulate large technology companies and their platforms, such as Apple, Google, or Facebook, and in particular, deals between different entities can become barriers to innovation and competition. Within the report, the agency highlights a deal made in 2019 between Google and Apple, in which the former paid roughly £1.2 billion ($1.5bn) to become the default search engine on a variety of mobile devices and systems in the United Kingdom alone. According to the regulators, the iPhone and iPad maker received the lion's share of this payment. "Rival search engines to Google that we spoke to highlighted these default payments as one of the most significant factors inhibiting competition in the search market," the CMA says.

The surprising future of fintech


Thanks to open banking, fintech early adopters likely already have accounts that round up transactions to boost savings or connect to third-party tools for loan applications, budget management and more. But the new wave of fintech startups are proving there's much more that can be done using open banking, the two-year-old mandate from UK regulators that required banks to easily allow their customers to share their data with third parties such as apps. "Open banking offers people the chance to get personalised, tailored support to help them manage their money by allowing regulated companies to securely analyse their bank data," says Lubaina Manji, senior programme manager at Nesta Challenges, one of the organisations behind the Open Up 2020 Challenge, alongside the Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE). "It's enabled the creation of new services and tools to help people with every aspect of money management – from budgeting to investing, and much, much more, all in a safe and secure way." And some of the innovations from finalists in the Open Up 2020 Challenge have surprised with their ingenuity and customer focus, she says, citing Sustainably's round-up tool for automated charity donations, and Kalgera's neuroscience-informed AI to help spot fraud targeting people with dementia – two projects that highlight the purpose-driven idea behind open banking and the aim to get financial support to show who need it the most.

AI Powered Cancer Screening Coming to the NHS -- AI Daily - Artificial Intelligence News


With Ibex's Galen Prostate solution, prostate biopsies will be reviewed using a highly accurate AI algorithm that checks for inconsistencies between the pathologist's findings and what it detects. In the case of a significant discrepancy, the pathologists will be notified, creating a valuable layer of protection against mistakes, potentially saving many patients from false negatives. In an ongoing audit at the request of the NHS Trust, their AI algorithm was able to spot otherwise unnoticed prostate cancer, showing just how valuable this tech is. The use of AI shows great promise in healthcare, and it's reassuring to see plans for its implementation in cancer screening. Without doubt, it won't be long before we see artificial intelligence being a crucial tool to all avenues of medicine.

UK's competition regulator demands tougher action on Google and Facebook


The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has called on the UK government to create "a new pro-competition regulatory regime" that can control Facebook, Google and other technology companies that are primarily funded by digital advertising. The non-ministerial department has completed a study announced last July and concluded that "existing laws are not suitable for effective regulation." To combat the problem, it's recommending that a new Digital Markets Unit be set up with major oversight and powers. The Unit was first proposed in a report published by the Digital Competition Expert Panel (DCEP) -- a group chaired by Professor Jason Furman, a former chief economist when Barack Obama was president -- in March 2019. The CMA believes it should have a code of conduct that ensures Facebook and Google don't veer into "exploitative or exclusionary practices," or do anything that is likely to reduce public trust and transparency.

AI used to rank NHS patients in order of urgency to clear COVID-19 backlog


With a large backlog of appointments caused by coronavirus, some hospitals in England and Wales have started using algorithms to prioritise patients most urgently in need of care and to help clear the mounting numbers. Multiple companies are vying to get into this space from Babylon's AI services which provide health information, to DrDoctor, which recently released a new AI software adopted to collate and automatically rate patient's responses with digital questionnaires. Tom Whicher, CEO of DrDoctor estimates that if every hospital in the country adopted his technology, the time needed to get through the backlog would be dramatically reduced from four years to ten months. DrDoctor has also stressed that the tool will not decide anything for patients, it does not make clinical suggestions or rule out any patients form receiving care. The platform will present the data and the clinician ultimately makes the decision.

Westferry planning row: Robert Jenrick still faces questions, says Starmer

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Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick still has questions to answer over his role in a planning case involving a Tory donor, Sir Keir Starmer has said. The Labour leader told the BBC the matter was "far from closed" but stopped short of calling for the minister's resignation. Mr Jenrick is under fire after granting permission for a luxury housing development to donor Richard Desmond. Downing Street said the PM had full confidence in the minister. Mr Jenrick says he was motivated by a desire to see more homes built when he overruled government inspectors to give the green light to Mr Desmond's plans for a 1,500 home development at the former Westferry printing works, in London's Isle of Dogs.

Google 'exploring' why picture of Churchill went missing from search

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Google has said it is exploring why a picture of Winston Churchill went missing from a search list of former UK prime ministers, amid controversy over the legacy of the wartime leader. The company apologised on Sunday morning for the disappearance of the picture from its "knowledge graph" listing, adding that many photos of Churchill could still be found on its search engine. In a statement made on Twitter, Google's search liaison team said: "We're aware an image for Sir Winston Churchill is missing from his Knowledge Graph entry on Google. This was not purposeful and will be resolved." The problem, which was fixed at around midday on Sunday, was allegedly not specific to Churchill, with a similar problems occurring with images of former prime ministers Harold Wilson, Ramsay MacDonald and Stanley Baldwin.

Dowden: AI and data science conversion path open and diverse


The government and the Office for Students have announced that 2,500 places on artificial intelligence (AI) and data science conversion courses are now open to applicants. Some 1,000 scholarships will be open to students from "under-represented backgrounds", according to a statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Oliver Dowden, DCMS secretary, said: "It is vital we increase diversity across our tech sector and give everyone with the aptitude and talent the opportunity to build a successful career. "This will help make sure artificial intelligence developed in the UK reflects the needs and make-up of society as a whole, which will also help mitigate the risk of biased technologies being developed." Funding has been allocated to 18 English universities, which, according to a DCMS statement, will deliver courses to a further 10 universities. In the venture, the government is working with the Office for Students, an independent regulator that reports to the Department for Education and was established in 2017. Together, they have created a fund of up to £24m to support the scholarships. These are open to non-STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) graduates, as well as those with degrees in STEM subjects. A year ago, in June 2019, the department announced a similar tranche of £13.5m funding for up to 2,500 AI and data science conversion courses for professionals who have degrees in other disciplines, as well as 1,000 scholarships. A DCMS spokesperson confirmed: "People can now apply for places on the courses.

WHITEHALL ANALYTICA – THE AI SUPERSTATE: Part 1 – The Corporate Money Behind Health Surveillance – Byline Times


The COVID-19 public health crisis is enriching a murky nexus of technology surveillance firms linked to senior Government officials – at the expense of people's lives. The financial adventures of a former MI5 spymaster and the medical fantasies of Boris Johnson's top advisor point toward an unnerving endgame: an artificially intelligent (AI) corporate super-state, with a special focus on NHS genetic research inspired by eugenics. The tale begins with Britain's security services – and ends with Dominic Cummings. It uncovers the extent to which democracy and public health are now under threat from a series of Government failures rooted in a bankrupt ideology, influenced by the modern relics of scientific racism. On Sunday 12 April, the Government announced that the NHS would be launching a new COVID-19 contact tracing app.