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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.


Renault migrates data to Google Cloud Platform

Groupe Renault has announced a new multi-year deal with Google Cloud to help the french car manufacturer accelerate its Industry 4.0 transformation.

A major component of the partnership is optimisation of Renault’s industrial data platform, which connects and aggregates industrial data from 22 global sites and 2,500 machines.


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.


TikTok halts operations in Hong Kong amid security law fears

TikTok will stop operations in Hong Kong in the wake of a sweeping national security law in the former British colony.

The short-form video app’s planned departure from Hong Kong comes amid concerns from various social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter over the possibility of providing user data to Hong Kong authorities.


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.


Amnesty names and shames countries with most invasive contact tracing apps

A security review of Covid-19 contact tracing around the world has singled out Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway for rolling out the most invasive tracking applications.

Amnesty International’s Security Lab analysed contact tracing apps from Europe, Middle East and North Africa, although stopped short of looking at apps from Asia.


MongoDB brings database product range under one cloudy roof

MongoDB kicked off its live virtual event this week by announcing it is uniting its range of data products under one umbrella – the MongoDB Cloud, which the company claims will make it far easier for developers to work with data in the enterprise.

The idea is that if developers want to work with MongoDB tools, at work, at home or on their mobiles, the experience is consistent throughout, including across the tools themselves.


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.



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