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Declaration of the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Cooperation in Artificial Intelligence Research and Development

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Recommending priorities for future cooperation, particularly in R&D areas where each partner shares strong common interest (e.g., interdisciplinary research and intelligent systems) and brings complementary challenges, regulatory or cultural considerations, or expertise to the partnerships; Promoting research and development in AI, focusing on challenging technical issues, and protecting against efforts to adopt and apply these technologies in the service of authoritarianism and repression. We intend to establish a bilateral Government-to-Government dialogue on the areas identified in this vision and explore an AI R&D ecosystem that promotes the mutual wellbeing, prosperity, and security of present and future generations. Signed in London and Washington on 25 September 2020, in two originals, in the English language.


Brexit Enters the Realm of Science Fiction

The New Yorker

On Wednesday morning, in Britain's House of Commons, Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader, rose to ask Prime Minister Theresa May a question. The night before, Parliament had passed an amendment expressing approval for the Brexit withdrawal agreement that May had painstakingly negotiated with the European Union, on one condition: that she renegotiate it. The amendment had been proposed by one of May's fellow Tories, Sir Graham Brady, and passed with her government's support. It demanded that she go straight to Brussels and tell the Europeans to ditch the part of the agreement dealing with the border between Northern Ireland, which is part of Britain, and the Republic of Ireland, which is a member of the E.U.--the most vexed aspect of Brexit. Those provisions would be replaced with what the Brady amendment, mysteriously and Britishly, refers to only as "alternative arrangements."


News Daily: Computer porn claims and Brexit border concern

BBC News

A former Scotland Yard detective has told BBC News he was "shocked" by the amount of pornography viewed on a parliamentary computer seized from the office of Damian Green. Neil Lewis said "thousands" of thumbnail images containing legal pornographic material had been found nine years ago on a desktop device in the Westminster office of Mr Green - who is now first secretary of state (Theresa May's deputy). Mr Lewis examined the computer during a 2008 inquiry into government leaks and has not spoken publicly before. Mr Green, Conservative MP for Ashford, Kent, has denied the allegations, saying he never watched or downloaded such material on the computer. What will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit?


Why Artificial Intelligence Could Dramatically Improve Capacity In The NHS

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The first is a shortage of doctors and nurses - there simply aren't enough to meet demand. Data from a BBC Freedom of Information request shows that between 2013 and 2015, there has been a 50% increase in nursing vacancies, rising from 12,513 to 18,714. Meanwhile, the number of nursing vacancies across England, Wales and Northern Ireland reached 23,443 by the end of December - equivalent to 9% of the workforce. In comparison, the average vacancy rate across the UK economy was 2.7%. With a lack of qualified staff, the system struggles under demand, and a backlog develops.