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A delivery robot creates a poetic moment in the woods of England

NPR Technology

A wandering delivery robot found its way into the woods of Northampton in the United Kingdom. A wandering delivery robot found its way into the woods of Northampton in the United Kingdom. It's not every day you cross paths with a wandering robot in the woods. Matthew McCormack wasn't hallucinating when he came across a delivery robot in the woods of Northampton in the United Kingdom. "I spotted the robot while cycling in Lings Wood," he told NPR over email.


AI 100: The most promising artificial intelligence startups of 2022 - CB Insights Research

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The AI 100 is CB Insights' annual list of the 100 most promising private AI companies in the world. This year's winners are working on diverse solutions designed to recycle plastic waste, improve hearing aids, combat toxic online gaming behavior, and more. CB Insights has unveiled the winners of the sixth annual AI 100 -- a list of the 100 most promising private AI companies across the globe. Some of this year's winners are advancing the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) across specific industries -- such as healthcare, gaming, and agriculture. On the other hand, some are developing applications to support sales, engineering design, cybersecurity, and other functions across a wide range of industries.


The EU AI Act could help get to Trustworthy AI, according to the Mozilla Foundation

ZDNet

George Anadiotis got tech, data, and media, and he's not afraid to use them. One year after the first draft was introduced, details about the EU AI Act remained few and far between. Despite the fact that this regulatory framework is not still finalized -- or rather, precisely because of that reason -- now is the time to learn more about it. Previously, we covered some key facts about the EU AI Act: who it applies to when it will be enacted, and what it's about. We embarked on this exploration alongside Mozilla Foundation's Executive Director Mark Surman and Senior Policy Researcher Maximilian Gahntz.


AI experts are in short supply. That's making the skills crisis worse

ZDNet

Owen is a senior editor at ZDNet. Based in London, UK, Owen covers software development, IT workforce trends and the evolution of tech and work. IBM is warning about the about slow progress being made in some countries' adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which could prevent them from solving some of society's toughest challenges. A study by IBM concluded that the UK is falling behind its European neighbours in AI adoption, with employers blaming a lack of skills in areas like software engineering, problem solving, and knowledge of programming languages. A survey of 7,500 business leaders by IBM found that about a third of UK respondents said their company had accelerated their rollout of AI during the past two years, compared with a European average of 49%.


Artificial Intelligence in France

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In the second of a series of blogs from our global offices, we provide a overview of key trends in artificial intelligence in France. What is France's strategy for Artificial Intelligence? The French president, Emmanuel Macron, announced in March 2018 his ambition for France to become a global leader of the artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem. The first phase of the National Programme included an initial investment of €1.5 billion into the creation of a network of interdisciplinary institutes dedicated to artificial intelligence (the "3IA" institutes) and the financing of multiple AI projects overseen by Bpifrance. The second phase will provide for €2 billion of private and public funding to attract and train new talent.


New imaging method makes tiny robots visible in the body

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How can a blood clot be removed from the brain without any major surgical intervention? How can a drug be delivered precisely into a diseased organ that is difficult to reach? Those are just two examples of the countless innovations envisioned by the researchers in the field of medical microrobotics. Tiny robots promise to fundamentally change future medical treatments: one day, they could move through patient's vasculature to eliminate malignancies, fight infections or provide precise diagnostic information entirely noninvasively. In principle, so the researchers argue, the circulatory system might serve as an ideal delivery route for the microrobots, since it reaches all organs and tissues in the body.


Tes Podagogy: Is AI Set To Change The Way You Teach? - AI Summary

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But, actually, according to Professor Rose Luckin and Karine George, putting AI at the heart of your classroom can lessen that load and make your life as a teacher easier. In this week's Tes Podagogy podcast, Luckin, a professor of learner centred design at UCL's Knowledge Lab, and George, a former headteacher and active research practitioner, discuss their mission to enlighten teachers and leaders on the power of AI in education. The first thing George talks about is workload: teachers could use AI in creating online quizzes for pupils to complete, which give them instant feedback. George and Luckin also suggest that it can help with safeguarding, flagging pupils who need support, and seeking out data patterns, as well as recruitment and how school trips are planned. And actually, Luckin points out that, according to Programme for International Student Assessment data, the UK has one of the highest rates of technology per pupil in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. But, actually, according to Professor Rose Luckin and Karine George, putting AI at the heart of your classroom can lessen that load and make your life as a teacher easier.


Agro-industry: giant greenhouse with artificial intelligence

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The Ecoculture company will build the fourth stage of a greenhouse complex for the production of tomatoes and cucumbers in the Bobrovsky district of the Voronezh region. The area of the new greenhouse will be 40 hectares, and investments in the project will amount to 15 billion rubles. This will complete the implementation of the investment project launched in 2018 to create Europe's largest modern greenhouse facility. To date, three stages of greenhouses with a total area of 60 hectares and a cost of 20 billion rubles have been put into operation. The production processes in greenhouses are controlled by a central computer that controls the air temperature and carbon dioxide content in the room, regulates watering, supplementary lighting, fertilizing with minerals, and ventilation.


AI and Oncology: IRT Saint Exupéry and IUCT-Oncopole collaborate to advance cancer research - Actu IA

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On May 17, two Toulouse-based institutes, the IRT Saint Exupéry and the IUCT-Oncopole, a European center of expertise in oncology, signed a partnership focused on artificial intelligence. The aim of this partnership is to pool cutting-edge skills around AI-based research projects designed to improve prevention, diagnosis and care in oncology, particularly by predicting therapeutic effectiveness. Two of these projects are already at an advanced stage. The Saint Exupéry Institute of Technological Research aims to accelerate scientific and technological research and transfer to the aeronautics and space industries for the development of reliable, robust, certifiable and sustainable innovative solutions. A private research foundation supported by the French government, the IRT's mission is to promote French technological research for the benefit of industry and to develop the ecosystem of the aeronautics, space and critical systems sectors by providing access to its research projects, technological platforms and expertise.


European Commission extends deadline for digital identity framework proposals

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The European Commission has pushed back the deadline for the second wave of Digital Europe Programme proposals that includes the European Digital Identity Wallet under the European Digital Identity framework. The second wave of proposals covers €58 million (approximately US$61 million) in funding to support the implementation of the European Digital Identity Framework and the implementation of the Once Only System under the Single Digital Gateway Regulation, along with the deployment of services for European blockchain services infrastructure, blockchain standardization, and artificial intelligence (AI)-based pilots to aid law enforcement. Originally scheduled to end on May 17, 2022, the new deadline is August 17, 2022. The European Digital Identity Framework portion looks to attain the European Digital Identity's objective of improving citizen access to secure electronic identity and trust services with digital signatures and sharing personal identity data. The Commission looks to develop and test out tools supporting the development, implementation, and support of the EU-eID ecosystem with decentralized technologies and a self-sovereign identity framework under the one-only principle and the sharing of data between public administrations in the EU under the control of the user.