Hungarian public prosecutors have followed a recommendation from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and opened proceedings against individuals accused of illegally overcharging for the renovation of children's playgrounds using EU money. Prosecutors are calling for prison sentences for the fraudsters, who illegally pocketed more than €1.7 million in European and Hungarian funding. OLAF Director General Ville Itälä said: "I welcome the decision by the Hungarian authorities to bring proceedings against the fraudsters investigated by OLAF, in line with our initial recommendations. This was a clear case of fraud against EU and Hungarian taxpayer money, and it is good to see that the Hungarian prosecutors agree with this assessment. This case is a prime example of how OLAF and national judicial authorities work together to take on the fraudsters to ensure that every euro of European funding is spent as and where it should be. This kind of investigation is at the heart of what OLAF does and I am delighted that our collaboration with the Hungarian authorities in this case has led to such a positive outcome."
In this article, Juan Murillo, Senior Manager of Data Strategy at BBVA, and Jesús Lozano, Manager of Digital Regulation at BBVA, analyse the potential implications of Artificial Intelligence regulations and share their insights into the considerations that should be taken into account to ensure that regulatory aspects support the proper development of this discipline in the future. Artificial Intelligence is a term coined in the 1950s that is usually understood as referring to a single technology, when in reality it encompasses a broad range of techniques and methodologies whose theoretical foundations were laid over 70 years ago. This field has already gone through a number of stages. During the first stage, symbolic AI applications dominated. Symbolic AI is a top-down approach that aspires to parameterise all the alternatives to a problem in order to find the right solution by following a tree of logical rules.
Armed militia stroll around London, picking fights where they please and shutting down small gatherings of masked protesters demanding their freedoms on street corners. In Watch Dogs Legion's future dystopian British capital, Brexit happened years ago, Scotland has seceded from the union, and the country has been overtaken by private, corporate interests who've wrested control from the government and framed a collective of hacker protesters, DeadSec, for a series of terrorist attacks. People are pissed off, and ready to rise up. You, the player, are the catalyst that makes that happen. Like Grand Theft Auto, Watch Dogs conjures a huge living city out of code, filled with thousands of individual characters who go about their lives, going to work, visiting their sister, driving around in the rain.
10.2760/12297 (online) - This report describes the current state of the art in artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential impact for learning, teaching, and education. It provides conceptual foundations for well-informed policy-oriented work, research, and forward-looking activities that address the opportunities and challenges created by recent developments in AI. The report is aimed for policy developers, but it also makes contributions that are of interest for AI technology developers and researchers studying the impact of AI on economy, society, and the future of education and learning.
The European Parliament is among the first institutions to put forward recommendations on what AI rules should include with regards to ethics, liability and intellectual property rights. These recommendations will pave the way for the EU to become a global leader in the development of AI. The Commission legislative proposal is expected early next year. The legislative initiative by Iban García del Blanco (S&D, ES) urges the EU Commission to present a new legal framework outlining the ethical principles and legal obligations to be followed when developing, deploying and using artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies in the EU including software, algorithms and data. It was adopted with 559 votes in favour, 44 against, and 88 abstentions.
NVIDIA today announced that the Italian inter-university consortium CINECA -- one of the world's most important supercomputing centers -- will use the company's accelerated computing platform to build the world's fastest AI supercomputer. The new "Leonardo" system, built with Atos, is expected to deliver 10 exaflops of FP16 AI performance to enable advanced AI and HPC converged application use cases. Featuring nearly 14,000 NVIDIA Ampere architecture-based GPUs and NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200 Gb/s InfiniBand networking, Leonardo will propel Italy as the global leader in AI and high performance computing research and innovation. Leonardo is procured by EuroHPC, a collaboration between national governments and the European Union to develop a world-class supercomputing ecosystem and exascale supercomputing in Europe, and funded by the European Commission through the Italian Ministry of University and Research. "The EuroHPC technology roadmap for exascale in Europe is opening doors for rapid growth and innovation in HPC and AI," said Marc Hamilton, vice president of solutions architecture and engineering at NVIDIA.
An NHS drone is being used to courier Covid-19 samples, blood tests and personal protective equipment between hospitals in England. It is hoped that the trials, backed by a £1.3m grant from the UK Space Agency, can establish a network of air corridors for electric drones to navigate using GPS. The remote-controlled drone, which will be piloted by an ex-military fast jet or helicopter instructor, will initially fly between Essex's Broomfield hospital, Basildon hospital and the Pathology First laboratory in Basildon. The project is the idea of Apian, a healthcare drone startup founded by Christopher Law and Hammad Jeilani. "Covid-19 has highlighted challenges in NHS supply chain logistics," said Law.
Last month, NHSX published "A Buyer's Guide to AI in Health and Care" (the Guide). As Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays an increasingly important role in healthcare, the Guide is a timely reminder of steps manufacturers, insurers and hospitals can take to mitigate liability risks. NHSX has responsibility for setting policy concerning the use of technology in the NHS. It is alive to liability risks and wants AI products to meet the highest standards of safety and effectiveness. The Guide is aimed at purchasers of AI products in the NHS, such as senior managers and procurement departments, but those manufacturing and supplying such products will also find it a useful resource.
The Financial Services AI Public Private Forum brings the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Bank of England (BoE) together with AI experts from financial services, tech, and academia, to assess whether additional guidance or regulation is needed to support the safe adoption of AI in financial services, per the FCA. The Forum will host a series of quarterly meetings and workshops over the next year to discuss AI uses and benefits, constraints to deployment, and potential risks. The FCA and BoE opened the Forum to membership applications in October 2019, following the publication of their report on the application of AI in UK financial services. The Forum aims to tackle AI-related risks amid rising adoption within UK financial services. We think the Forum should add more fintech members to get a better understanding of AI use in the UK and establish guidelines.
COVID-19, a low oil price and an industry facing increased environmental scrutiny has resulted in a turbulent 2020 for the oil and gas sector. As many North Sea fields reach maturity, stakeholders will be carefully considering their options including decommissioning and diversifying the energy mix. The National Decommissioning Centre (NDC) (a partnership between the University of Aberdeen, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and industry) has said that efficient late-life management and decommissioning of assets is a "societal and economic necessity". Emerging tech and artificial intelligence (AI) can help achieve this. However, the contribution AI and new technology could have on decommissioning cannot be considered in isolation.