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Facebook spotting the injury

AI researchers from tech conglomerate Facebook in partnership with the NYU School of Medicine are reported to be working on applying machine-learning to build cross-sectional images of internal structures. The project aims to use AI trained machinery to detect underlying structures in the body and potentially provide accurate imagery at a much faster speed. However, the team warned of the challenges involved as “A few missing or incorrectly modelled pixels could mean the difference between an all-clear scan and one in which radiologists find a torn ligament or a possible tumour.” Whilst the finished article might be far away lead researcher Larry Zitnick is said to be hopeful of results within a year.

AI to soon replace the workforce

The chief economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane and Tabitha Goldstaub, Chair of the Artificial intelligence council have expressed concerns at the threat computers and robots could pose to the security of jobs. Both admitted there was a strong possibility jobs could be replaced by various machines in the future and called for employees to be ready for the ‘new technological wave’. To supplement this, recommendations have been posed for people to be given training for new jobs that would become available to avoid errors seen in technological revolutions of the past. Mr Haldane added: “We will need even greater numbers of new jobs to be created in the future, if we are not to suffer this longer-term feature called technological unemployment.”

Switch the channel to Artificial Intelligence TV

The BBC has announced it will use artificial intelligence (AI) to curate two-nights of programming on BBC 4, in line with exhibiting its current work around AI and machine learning issues. Shows scheduled for the evening include Made by Machine: When AI met the archive, and The Joy of AI, which examines the progress of AI to date and the emergence of machine learning. The magic of AI was in full force to sift through more than 250,000 TV programmes and select shows accustomed to the channel’s previous offerings. Just when you thought weeknight TV could not get any better!

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Government delivers timely update

The UK’s ambassador to Norway, Richard Wood this week delivered a speech outlining the Government’s current activity in the development of AI at the Tech City Executive Accelerator conference. He highlighted the opportunities arising as a result of the recently published AI sector deal and current investment in the development of AI technology in universities. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/artificial-intelligence-a-collaboration

White paper pushing for universal platform of public service data

Leading AI experts along with Alan Mak MP have launched a report calling for the UK to capitalise on the potential of AI technology to create a universal platform for public service data. The Braintree White Paper ‘Artificial Intelligence, Government and Public Services’ contained recommendations for data protection and governance to become the founding cornerstone of the 4th Industrial Revolution. https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/new-whitepaper-calls-for-government-wide-ai-platform/49372/

UK boasts super superfast broadband

In other news, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published new figures which show around five million homes and businesses now have access to superfast broadband. According to an independent assessment of the Government’s rollout of superfast broadband there has been an incredible £9 billion surge in turnover for businesses benefiting from the faster connections. Digital Minister Margot James MP is hoping to see all of the UK on full-fibre broadband by 2023. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45238452

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