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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.


Young people believe their future jobs do not yet exist

A survey of young people, coinciding with A-level results day, found that almost half (47 percent) of 16 to 24-year-olds believe they will work in a role that does not currently exist.

But less than one-in-five think they have the skills required to future-proof their careers.


Cray building $600m exascale supercomputer to manage US nuclear stockpile

El Capitan, which will have a peak performance of more than 1.5 exaflops when delivered in 2022, will be used to run applications that safeguard the safety, security and effectiveness of the US’s nuclear stockpile.


NHS given £250m shot in the arm for AI development

The money will be used to create a National Artificial Intelligence Lab The NHS will receive a £250 million boost to build artificial intelligence that could help treat conditions including cancer, dementia and heart disease, the Department of Health has announced. The money will be invested in a new National Artificial Intelligence Lab, Health Secretary… Read More


Lenovo and Intel partner to ramp-up high-performance AI innovation

Long-standing partnership to refocus on HPC and AI innovation Lenovo and Intel have announced a new partnership aimed at ramping up the two companies’ AI and HPC (high-performance computing) efforts. The partnership will combine Lenovo’s infrastructure portfolio, including the company’s consumption-based TruScale data centre infrastructure, with Intel HPC and AI hardware and software to create… Read More


US Army buys $12 million AI-focused “HPC in a Container” from IBM

IBM will deliver the mobile supercomputer late 2019 The US Department of Defense (DoD) has bought a containerised supercomputer from IBM that will be deployed at the “tactical edge” and other remote locations. The $12 million “HPC in a Container” will serve all of the DoD’s agencies and services when it is delivered late 2019… Read More



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