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In the same week that the FT reported that Nvidia has “fallen from the ranks of tech darlings”, Matthew Field at the Telegraph delivered an interesting analysis of Amazon and Google’s efforts to sidestep the big chip makers in a bid to save costs amid the AI arms race.

Field details efforts by Amazon and Google to go direct to the big foundries and build their own chips to power AI applications. He also details the efforts of other tech giants to simplify their supply chains, including Apple’s “OEM to foundry direct” efforts for the A12 bionic chip in iPhone XS.

At a time when people have fretted endlessly over the increasing power and network effects of the large monopolies, is there a concern about them owning a greater share of the supply chain on technology that provides AI applications?

News in Brief:

Around Whitehall:

Home Secretary Fires Warning Shot

Amid calls for tougher controls on social media content eulogising knife crime, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid called on leading tech firms to apply the successful machine learning approaches which have helped to automate the removal of terrorist propaganda and material related to child sexual exploitation. Both a pat on the back and a warning shot, Mr Javid told BBC Newsbeat “we are going to legislate, and how far we go depends on what you decide to do now.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stop-spread-of-knife-videos-sajid-javid-tells-tech-firms-hq76tf6xd

Government invests £18 million in AI and digital design research projects in the construction sector

The funding from UK Research and Innovation is part of the transforming construction challenge – a £170 million government commitment, matched by £250 million from industry – to embed new approaches and techniques that enable the UK to become a world leader. The funding announcement also outlined one of the aims will be to develop digitally-enabled simulations that improve the quality and design of buildings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ai-and-digital-design-to-transform-future-of-uk-construction

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