November 12, 2018 at 12:01AM Health secretary to speak at GovTech summit in Paris and meet Emmanuel MacronThe health secretary, Matt Hancock, is to meet the French president, Emmanuel Macron, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and other world leaders at a summit on new technologies that could revolutionise health and social care.The minister will… Continue reading Hancock to tell summit of goal to revolutionise NHS with new tech
November 10, 2018 at 01:59PM Investigation reveals that technology for autonomous lethal weapons with artificial intelligence is being funded by MoDTechnologies that could unleash a generation of lethal weapons systems requiring little or no human interaction are being funded by the Ministry of Defence, according to a new report.The development of autonomous military systems –… Continue reading Britain funds research into drones that decide who they kill, says report
November 10, 2018 at 12:41AM Eight months after bringing in a $40 million Series D, Moogsoft‘s co-founder and chief executive officer Phil Tee confirmed to TechCrunch that the IT incident management startup had shed 18 percent of its workforce, or just over 30 employees. The layoffs took place at the end of October; shortly after,… Continue reading Growing pains at venture-backed Moogsoft lead to layoffs
November 9, 2018 at 11:11PM "This is my very first day at Xinhua News Agency," says a sharply dressed artificial intelligence news anchor. "I look forward to bringing you the brand new news experiences." AI News Anchor Makes Debut In China ...
November 09, 2018 at 03:11PM LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social network for the working world with some 580 million users, took a big step into professional development and education when it acquired Lynda.com for $1.5 billion and used it as the anchor for LinkedIn Learning. Now, with 13,000 courses on the platform, LinkedIn is announcing two… Continue reading LinkedIn Learning now includes 3rd party content and Q&A interactive features
November 09, 2018 at 03:59AM The ‘tireless’ artificial news readers simulate the voice, facial movements, and gestures of real-life broadcastersChina’s state news agency Xinhua this week introduced the newest members of its newsroom: AI anchors who will report “tirelessly” all day every day, from anywhere in the country.Chinese viewers were greeted with a digital version… Continue reading World’s first AI news anchor unveiled in China
November 08, 2018 at 09:13PM National Grid, the Northeast’s natural gas and electricity company, is planting a flag in Silicon Valley with the launch of National Grid Partners. Led by former Intel Capital vice president and managing director Lisa Lambert, NGP has $250 million to invest in growth-stage technology startups over the next two to… Continue reading National Grid unveils $250M corporate venture capital arm
November 08, 2018 at 04:00PM Today, Google Cloud announced Kubeflow pipelines and AI Hub, two tools designed to help data scientists put to work across their organizations the models they create. Rajen Sheth, director of product management for Google Cloud’s AI and ML products, says that the company recognized that data scientists too often build… Continue reading Google Cloud wants to make it easier for data scientists to share models
November 5, 2018 at 12:00PM Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with a trip to Donut County — which is about doughnuts, yes, but also giant holes, cranky raccoons, and learning not to be a jerk. Reading The Game: Donut County...
November 04, 2018 at 07:00AM Competition watchdog to look into fears that personalised prices are used to disadvantage vulnerable consumersThe government is launching an inquiry into the use of personal data to set individual prices for holidays, cars and household goods, amid rising fears of a consumer rip-off.The research, supported by the competition watchdog, will… Continue reading Use of personal data to ‘rip off’ online shoppers sparks inquiry
November 02, 2018 at 04:41PM Amazon, one of the world’s largest companies, has transformed the face of commerce in part because it has managed to at once to be “The Everything Store” but still with a route into its sea of products that, for most users, surfaces what they might most want to see (and… Continue reading Dynamic Yield, which builds Amazon-like personalisation for the rest of us, raises $38M
November 02, 2018 at 12:05AM 'We've essentially created a machine that works more like a brain than a traditional computer, which is extremely exciting,' says Professor Steve Furber 'Human brain' supercomputer switched on to unlock secrets of the mind ...
November 01, 2018 at 11:01PM The continuing die-off of the world’s coral reefs is a depressing reminder of the reality of climate change, but it’s also something we can actively push back on. Conservationists have a new tool to do so with LarvalBot, an underwater robot platform that may greatly accelerate efforts to re-seed old… Continue reading Reef-rejuvenating LarvalBot spreads coral babies by the millions
November 01, 2018 at 05:19PM The past decade in retail has been the golden age of direct-to-consumer (D2C) and digitally native vertical brands (DNVBs) that use the internet to communicate with customers, execute transactions, handle distribution and offer better economics. But as small independent startups have scaled into unicorn territory and as countless brands have saturated… Continue reading Retail-as-a-service provider Leap raises $3M and launches first store
November 01, 2018 at 05:18PM Asana, the platform where people can create and track the progress of work projects, made its name originally as a place where individuals and smaller teams can create and track the progress of a specific project. Now, as the startup courts bigger organizations among its 50,000 paying organizations and millions… Continue reading Asana launches $19.99 Business tier to help managers handle multiple projects
November 01, 2018 at 01:41PM Spoke, a startup that wants to simplify the way companies add and process help desk tickets using artificial intelligence underpinnings, announced it has enhanced its AI engine to allow for more complex queries. The company founders were working at Google after a previous startup had been sold to the search… Continue reading Spoke enhances AI engine to power help desk ticketing system
November 01, 2018 at 11:00AM Neo4j has helped popularize the graph database. Today it was rewarded with an $80 million Series E to bring their products to a wider market in what could be the company’s last private fundraise. The round was led by One Peak Partners and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital with participation from… Continue reading Neo4j nabs $80M Series E as graph database tech flourishes
October 31, 2018 at 03:18PM UK intelligence hub opens account on app it has used to capture citizens’ metadataAfter years of secretly hoovering up metadata about millions of citizens, Britain’s spy agency has made its public foray into one of the growing sources for such information by opening its own Instagram account.GCHQ’s account on the… Continue reading GCHQ uses Instagram to ‘open up world of espionage’ to public
October 29, 2018 at 11:26PM Google and a group of game cetologists have undertaken an AI-based investigation of years of undersea recordings, hoping to create a machine learning model that can spot humpback whale calls. It’s part of the company’s new “AI for social good” program that’s rather obviously positioned to counter the narrative that… Continue reading Google AI listens to 15 years of sea-bottom recordings for hidden whale songs
October 28, 2018 at 11:21PM With its latest $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, IBM may have found something more elementary than “Watson” to save its flagging business. Though the acquisition of Red Hat is by no means a guaranteed victory for the Armonk, N.Y.-based computing company that has had more downs than ups over… Continue reading Forget Watson, the Red Hat acquisition may be the thing that saves IBM
October 29, 2018 at 12:46PM Who expects a $34 billion deal involving two enterprise powerhouses to drop on a Sunday afternoon, but IBM and Red Hat surprised us yesterday when they pulled the trigger on a historically large deal. IBM has been a poster child for a company moving through a painful transformation. As Box CEO… Continue reading IBM is betting the farm on Red Hat — and it better not mess up
October 26, 2018 at 09:15PM The Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud contract bidding process has drawn a lot of attention. Earlier this month, Google withdrew, claiming ethical considerations. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos responded in an interview at Wired25 that he thinks that it’s a mistake for big tech companies to turn their back on the US military.… Continue reading Microsoft has no problem taking the $10B JEDI cloud contract if it wins
October 26, 2018 at 09:36PM To design a "moral machine," researchers updated a classic thought experiment for the autonomous vehicle age. But do we really want artificial intelligence making decisions on who lives or dies? Should Self-Driving Cars Have Ethics?...