Data Science Investment Counter —Funding raised by UK data science companies in 2018.
£ 5.640 Million

French President Emanuel Macron revealed his new Artificial Intelligence strategy in a talk at the Paris-based Collège de France research institute on Thursday. Macron said that he did not want France to “miss the AI train” and that he aimed at competing in AI tech with world leaders United States and China. “AI is a technological, […]

The state of Arizona has suspended Uber’s trialling of driverless vehicles, following a crash in which one of the ride-hailing service’s self-driving vehicles killed a pedestrian in the technology’s first deadly accident. Last week, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg was killed in the city of Tempe; the impact happened when emergency human driver Rafaela Vasquez was looking down. Uber had […]

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has refused to appear before the UK’s Parliamentary Committee for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, which is investigating the use and misuse of social media information in the wake of media revelations. analytica The committee reached out to Zuckerberg on March 20, after The Observer, Channel4 and The New York […]

Following its Berlin expansion a few months ago, Entrepreneur First —the London-headquartered fund-cum-startup-factory— is launching its programme in Hong Kong. The new office will reportedly be helmed by former Googler and Airbnb executive Lavina Tien. EF’s  Hong Kong programme is slated to start in July. Like Berlin’s programme, it will last for only three months— unlike […]

Ride-hailing company Uber has been in discussion with Japanese carmaker Toyota over the possibility of installing its self-driving technology in Toyota’s cars, according to a Reuters’ report quoting Japanese newspaper Nikkei. According to undisclosed sources, the two companies would be interested in cutting a deal that would allow Toyota to install the Silicon valley’s company driverless […]

  Crowd-intelligence platform Streetbees has secured £8.6 million in a Series A funding round led by British Venture Capital firm Atomico. The round was also backed by Streetbees’s  previous investors LocalGlobe, Octopus and BGF Ventures. The London-based company uses mobile geolocation and social media to collect feedback and trends about brands and businesses from a crowd of users (“bees”) the […]

Britain’s data protection authority has found that WhatsApp would have committed an offence by sharing its users’ data with patent company Facebook. The messaging service had been first warned against continuing to share user information with Facebook in November 2016, when the  Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) officially expressed concern; a formal investigation had started earlier that […]

Google has created an Artificial Intelligence-powered music synthesiser able to come up with entirely new sounds. The tech giant unveiled a new tool—or “open source experimental [musical] instrument”— developed by Google’s art-focused unit Magenta. Already in 2017, Google had unveiled the NSynth, a machine learning algorithm that, according to the company’s blog “uses deep neural networks to learn […]

Britain announced new regulation to speed up the adoption of driverless cars by 2021. Following  last year’s budget— in which driverless vehicles were listed together with AI  among the strategic tech sectors the UK planned to foster with new funds— the UK government is now conducting a three-year law review aimed to “pave the way for […]

Uber’s self-driving trucks have started operating,  as the ride-hailing company launches its new freight-delivery app. The trucks have been deployed in Arizona, one of America’s most driverless vehicle-friendly states, where several companies—including Uber itself— have been testing their self-driving cars for months. Uber’s trucks are working on a “transfer hub” model: human drivers are actually steering […]

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