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Quantum breakthrough could speed up processing of large datasets

Breakthrough could boost applications of quantum technologies in AI, robotics and medical diagnostics Researchers have demonstrated that a process known as quantum interference could accelerate the time it takes to process large datasets accurately. Quantum interference is one of the most complex principles of quantum mechanics. Broadly speaking, the concept states that particles, such as… Read More


Halt to facial recognition technology trials urged as MPs question legality

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said a legal framework for the tests must be established before they continue Authorities should cease trials of facial recognition technology until a legal framework for them is established, MPs have said. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said the current lack of legislation calls… Read More


Mastercard RD boss says Facebook digital currency has ‘good intentions’

Ken Moore said Mastercard believed the social network was trying to remove some of the challenges around cryptocurrency Facebook’s new digital currency has “good intentions” in wanting to remove some of the challenges around cryptocurrencies, a Mastercard executive has said. The social network has announced plans to launch its Libra digital currency as part of… Read More


Facebook exec grilled by US Senate over Libra currency

Executive David Marcus faced criticism from the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee The chief of Facebook’s new digital currency has said it understands “loud and clear” that people do not want financial details connected to their social media data. David Marcus was grilled by US senators who expressed concern about Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency Libra,… Read More


UK Police Force given another £5m to trial AI crime-predicting tech

West Midlands Police is trialling the National Data Analytics Solution The Government has given another £5 million to a police force that is testing crime prediction software. West Midlands Police is trialling the system to analyse data on knife and gun offences, as well as modern slavery. The National Data Analytics Solution is used to help… Read More


US Federal Trade Commission approves $5bn Facebook fine

The 5 billion dollar fine would be the largest the US Federal Trade Commission has levied on a technology company The US Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve a fine of about 5 billion dollars for Facebook over privacy violations, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Facebook declined to comment on the story which… Read More


Google admits listening to some smart speaker recordings

The tech giant said developers listened to a small number of interactions with its Google Assistant to train the software and improve its responses Google has admitted it gives workers access to some audio recordings from its Google Home smart speakers. The technology giant said it uses language experts around the world to study a… Read More


Nvidia and Google are still kings of AI hardware

Nvidia and Google are producing some of the world’s fastest hardware for training machine learning models The latest AI hardware from Nvidia and Google have set new records for the time taken to train machine learning models, according to new AI benchmarking results from the MLPerf consortium. MLPerf is a benchmarking suite that measures the… Read More


Jaguar Land Rover developing AI mood detection to reduce driver stress

New system adjusts cabin features such as heating and ventilation in response to facial expressions British car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is working an AI system that can to detect a driver’s mood and adjust the car’s environment to reduce stress. The firm has developed a mood detection system, using a driver-facing camera and biometric… Read More


Hotel firm Marriott to be fined £99 million for data breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office will fine the hotel chain for the breach which affected around 339 million people Hotel chain Marriott is facing a fine of £99 million over a data breach which is estimated to have affected around 339 million customers. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fine relates to a data breach at the… Read More


Half of organisations have incorporated ethics into AI strategy

Trust, bias and ethics have become a central component of AI strategy, according to new IDC report A new IDC report has shed light on the importance of ethics to the AI strategies of organisations as they ramp up use of the technology. According to the report, that surveyed almost 2,500 organisations worldwide, two-thirds of… Read More


BA landed with record £183m fine for data breach

ICO fine amounts to 1.5 percent of the airline’s annual turnover British Airways is set to be fined more than £183 million over the 2018 data breach that saw 380,000 customer payment cards compromised. Alex Cruz, BA chairman and chief executive said he was “surprised and disappointed” by the proposed penalty from the Information Commissioner’s… Read More



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