AI Standards Development


The upcoming meeting of the Joint Technical Committee of International Standards Organisation (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in Japan will provide the forum for the further development of international AI Standards. SC42 consists of 28 Participating countries and 13 Observing countries from all over the world. Participating countries include Ireland representatives nominated by National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and Australia (SA), Austria (ASI), Belgium (NBN), Benin (ANM), Canada (SCC), China (SAC), Denmark (DS), Finland (SFS), France (AFNOR), Italy (UNI), Japan (JISC), Korea, Republic of (KATS), Luxembourg (ILNAS), Malta (MCCAA), Netherlands (NEN), Norway (SN), Russian Federation (GOST R), Singapore, (SSC), Spain (UNE), Sweden (SIS), Switzerland (SNV), Uganda (UNBS), United Kingdom (BSI) and United States (ANSI). Standardisation has been a driving factor in the creation of the European Unions Digital Single Market. European standards help to eliminate technical barriers to trade contributed to the implementation of European legislation and the development of sustainable industrial policy.

AI Has Reached a Critical Tipping Point Says Synechron's Ben Musgrave


Based in the Big Apple itself (New York), Synechron is one of the fastest-growing digital, business consulting & technology services providers. Since they opened their doors in 2001, Synechron has been expanding at a rapid rate. They now operate in 18 countries around the the world, and has a marked presence in the US, Australia, Canada, UK, Japan, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, France, and India. With the AI Summit London drawing ever closer (it's only one week away!), we spoke to Ben Musgrave, who is Synechron's Business Development Manager, in order to understand how one of the event's key sponsors is deploying AI today and how they plan to in the future. We started off our conversation with Musgrave – who'll be delivering a keynote speech at the AI Summit London – how they are currently involved in the AI-space.

AWS introduces additional regions, worldwide delivery for SNS


Amazon Web Services' Simple Notification Service (SNS) message delivery capability has now been made available in a total six regions, allowing for the delivery of mobile notifications to phones in more than 200 countries. SMS delivery, having previously only been available in the US East (Northern Virginia) region, has now been expanded to US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) regions. In addition, SNS can now be used to send SMS delivery notification messages to mobile phones in countries that include Australia, Denmark, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, all of which offer anti-spoofing Sender ID support. Further countries without Supports Sender ID include Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, the Philippines, Qatar, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vietnam. Along with the extra regions, additional features include giving AWS users the ability to set spending limits on a per-account, per-month basis; the ability to send messages to a mobile without having to subscribe the number to an SNS topic; and logging the delivery status for SMS messages.

Border Walls Through History

U.S. News

The Romans began building Hadrian's Wall in the second century A.D., extending it more than 70 miles in northern Great Britain. The Maginot Line was built on the French borders with Switzerland, Germany and Luxembourg. The line was a precautionary measure erected following the end of World War I, and ultimately failed to prevent invasion. The Great Wall of China remains the longest man-made structure ever built. Construction began in the third century B.C. to protect China from invasions.

Pret a Manger staff to get £1,000 bonus after takeover

BBC News

All 12,000 staff employed by sandwich and coffee chain Pret A Manger will receive a £1,000 bonus once the sale of the firm is completed. The company is to be sold by its private equity owners Bridgepoint to Luxembourg-based JAB Holdings. The two firms did not say how much JAB was paying, although one report put the value of the deal at £1.5bn. Pret a Manger opened its first store in London in 1986 and Bridgepoint bought the chain in 2008 for about £350m. As well as its strong presence on the UK High Street the chain has expanded into the US, Hong Kong, China and France.