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Microsoft’s latest eco-push: recycling data centre servers with the help of AI

Microsoft’s “green summer” just got even greener after the tech giant launched yet another ambitious environmental goal and a roadmap about how it plans to achieve it.

The 45-year-old tech company’s latest pledge is to eliminate waste for direct operations, products and packaging by 2030.

In a blog post, Microsoft President Brad Smith said the company recognised “the urgent need to protect the world’s ecosystems and reduce the carbon emissions that come from the creation, distribution and disposal of waste”.


Nvidia and University of Florida team up on 700-petaflop AI supercomputer

The University of Florida will soon house academia’s most powerful AI supercomputer following an agreement with chipmaker Nvidia to revamp its HiPerGator system with Nvidia’s latest HPC technology.

Nvidia claimed HiPerGator will deliver 700 petaflops of AI performance once it has been upgraded with the chipmaker’s latest DGX SuperPOD architecture — the tech behind Nvidia’s own supercomputer, Selene, which ranks seventh in Top500’s global supercomputer rankings.


DeepMind forges new AI that churns out reinforcement learning algorithms

DeepMind researchers have developed a new AI technique that generates reinforcement learning algorithms by interacting with environments.

In a study posted on pre-print server Arxiv.org, researchers from the innovative AI firm claimed the algorithms were a dab hand at some of Atari’s most complex games, suggesting the technique could be used to discover generalisable reinforcement learning algorithms from data alone.


NHS rolls out predictive analytics to help hospitals forecast Covid-19 admissions

Predictive analytics is being rolled out across the NHS in a bid to help hospitals forecast coronavirus and direct resources where they are needed most.

The new Joint Biosecurity Centre is being asked to give the NHS locally advance warnings of any uptick in coronavirus admissions with the support of a machine learning-powered tool.


UK and Australian data regulators to probe Clearview AI

Data regulators in the UK and Australia have announced a joint investigation into practices of facial recognition app Clearview AI.

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) said they are looking into the firm’s use of data “scraped” from the internet.


How researchers used AI to expose Zoom’s privacy holes

New research has revealed how AI can easily extract the personal information of video conference participants using screenshots uploaded to social media.

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel used image processing, text recognition tools and social network analysis to process a scraped image dataset of video meetings, which included 15,700 college images and over 140,000 face images of meeting participants.


IBM deploys AI and data science to enhance classic Wimbledon footage

Wimbledon 2020 was set to kick off at the All England Club this week.

But just like every other major sporting event under the sun, Covid-19 has stopped play, and the most-watched live sporting event in the UK won’t be returning to screens until next year.


84% of UK citizens fear Covid-19 ‘contact-tracing creep’

A new report has revealed UK citizens fear data harvested for contact-tracing will be used by the Government for purposes other than Covid-19 containment. 

84 percent of 2,218 online consumers surveyed by identity technology provider Okta said they believed personal data collected as part of the UK’s test, track and trace programme would be used for purposes unrelated to Covid-19.

Nevertheless UK citizens are more willing than other countries to give up their data to aid containment of Covid-19, Okta said.


IBM kills facial recognition products and R&D

IBM will no longer sell general-purpose facial recognition technology or continue research and development in the controversial area.

IBM CEO Krishna, whose company has been at the forefront of facial recognition innovation, announced the sweeping changes in a letter to US Congress today, citing issues of “racial profiling” amid protests against the treatment of African Americans that have swept America, and further afield, following the horrific murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.


Report: EasyJet taps British AI firm Black Swan Data to expedite Covid-19 recovery

EasyJet has partnered with UK AI outfit Black Swan Data to help it forecast and optimise expenditure as the company tries to jumpstart business following the coronavirus outbreak.

As reported by The Telegraph on Sunday, Black Swan Data’s software, already used by Google, McDonald’s and Unilever, will be deployed to monitor customer behaviour, using AI and ML to predict food consumption and minimise wastage.


Tencent announces $70bn tech infrastructure spending spree

Chinese technology group Tencent Holdings has announced plans to invest $70bn upping its capabilities in cloud computing, AI, blockchain, IoT and quantum computing over the next five years.

As part of the investment, announced on WeChat this week, Tencent said it will spend billions building hyperscale data centres, supercomputers and sprawling 5G networks.


Google to stop developing AI for oil and gas extraction following damning Greenpeace report

Google has pledged to stop developing AI tools that help the energy sector with oil and gas extraction. 

The company made the announcement hours after Greenpeace released a report comdemning public cloud giants for providing technology to oil and gas companies that inflicts more damage on the environment. 

Microsoft and Amazon were also singled out in the ‘Oil in the Cloud’ report for providing the struggling sector with high-powered computing and cloud tools that reduce production costs.



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