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Intel to use facial recognition and 3D athlete-tracking at Olympics

Facial recognition technology and 3D athlete-tracking to enhance the viewing experience of the Olympic Games will be used during Tokyo 2020, Intel has said.

The computer chip-maker, which is a leading partner of the major international multi-sport event, will be able to identify more than 300,000 people at the Games in Japan, including athletes, volunteers, media and other staff.


Scientists urge Government to get ahead on brain-computer technology

Britain’s leading scientists are calling on the Government to get ahead of other countries in ensuring ethical risks of using brain-computer technology are properly understood, along with suitable regulations.

The Royal Society says a national investigation should be launched into neural interface technologies, which are devices placed on the outside or inside of the brain designed to interact with a nervous system.


AI investment in the UK reaches all-time high

Investment into UK artificial intelligence companies reached record levels in the first six months of this year, sealing a record year for funding and the UK’s position as a top-three country for AI investment.

Tech Nation compiled the statistics to compare the UK’s performance with other countries worldwide, to coincide with the launch of its new Applied AI growth programme.


UK Police admit sharing images for King’s Cross Estate’s facial recognition

The Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police did share images with the King’s Cross Estate in London for its facial recognition technology, despite previously denying any involvement in the surveillance project, it has emerged.

Developers of the site – which is home to King’s Cross and St Pancras International stations, as well as restaurants, shops and cafes – said earlier this week that the system was used only to help both forces “prevent and detect crime in the neighbourhood and ultimately to help ensure public safety”.


Activist loses world’s first court challenge over facial recognition technology

Ed Bridges, 36, from Cardiff, brought the challenge at the High Court after claiming his face was scanned while doing Christmas shopping in 2017 and at a peaceful anti-arms protest in 2018.

His lawyers argued the use of automatic facial recognition (AFR) by South Wales Police caused him “distress” and violated his privacy and data protection rights by processing an image taken of him in public.


Autonomous Village opens to trial self-driving cars

A new facility for testing self-driving cars has opened in Bedfordshire.

Developers of driverless technology will be able to take advantage of the UK’s first so-called Autonomous Village at Millbrook Proving Ground, which has been used for vehicle testing since the 1960s.


Darktrace unveils new cyber system that thinks like a human at machine speed

Cyber AI specialist Darktrace has launched a new cyber security tool that emulates real life thought processes to investigate cyber threats at a fraction of the speed of humans.

The UK security firm has been developing the technology behind Cyber AI Analyst for three years at its R&D centre in Cambridge, where researchers used a combination of unsupervised, supervised and deep learning to obtain an algorithmic thumbprint of human intuition and cyber analyst know-how. 100 “world-class” cyber analysts representing a variety of customer deployments were studied as part of the research, the company said.


King’s Cross estate management says facial recognition technology ‘not used since March 2018’

Facial recognition has not been in use around the King’s Cross area of London since March 2018, the site’s developers have claimed.

Usage of the controversial technology has been under the spotlight after UK data and privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it had launched an investigation last month.


Privacy concerns after ZAO face-swap app goes viral in China

China is reckoning with its own consumer privacy scandal after a Deepfake-style app that lets users swap faces with celebrities and sports stars went viral over the weekend. 

After ZAO was released on the Chinese iOS app store on Friday it quickly went viral, clocking up millions of downloads and immediately drawing backlash over data privacy concerns, much like FaceApp, a similar app that went viral in July.


Nvidia and VMware team up for machine learning hybrid cloud on AWS

Nvidia and VMware today announced the launch of accelerated GPU services on VMware Cloud on AWS, forming an advanced hybrid cloud infrastructure for machine learning workloads.

The new services will allow organisations to migrate VMware vSphere-based applications and containers to VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware’s cloud service that runs on bare metal infrastructure in AWS data centres,


DeepMind co-founder goes on leave

The co-founder of British artificial intelligence firm DeepMind, now owned by Google’s parent firm Alphabet, has gone on leave from the company.

In a statement, DeepMind said: “Mustafa’s taking some time out right now after 10 hectic years.”


Startup unveils ‘AI supercomputer on a chip’

The Wafer Scale Engine (WSE), designed to process AI applications, comes packed with 1.2 trillion transistors and measures 46,225m², making it 57 times the size of Nvidia’s flagship V100 data centre graphics card, which contains 21.1 billion transistors. While Samsung has previously built a flash memory chip with 2 trillion transistors, Cerebras’s chip stands out in that it’s built for processing.



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