Data Science Investment Counter —Funding raised by UK data science companies in 2017 as of today
£ 231.660 Million
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Electric carmaker Tesla is planning to create electric trucks able to drive themselves and to coordinate with other vehicles  to move in formation, Reuters reports. That transpired from email conversations between the company led by global-moonshooter-in-chief Elon Musk and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). “Our primary goal is the ability to operate our prototype […]

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Alphabet-owned Artificial Intelligence laboratory DeepMind is bankrolling NHS research, Business Insider has revealed. The London-based company has provided Moorfields Eye Hospital’s trust with £110,000 in funding since July 2016— when the two organisations kick-started a partnership to test DeepMind’s new technology to diagnose eye diseases. The collaboration had already sparked controversy, as over one million patient […]

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Google has announced Developers Launchpad Studio, a new six-month programme to foster and support Artificial Intelligence and machine learning companies. Startups, from early to post-Series B stage, can apply by August 31, by submitting a 15-page pitch. Companies  accepted into the programme will receive assistance with product development and validation, networking opportunities with AI investment big shots, […]

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The data-sharing agreement between the Royal Free hospital and AI firm DeepMind, which resulted in 1.6 million patient data being  made available to the Alphabet-owned company, was in breach of UK’s Data Protection Act, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has found. The deal, which had been uncovered in 2016 by a New Scientist investigation, was part of […]

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Alphabet-owned DeepMind has struck a deal with  Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, which will now start using the AI lab’s healthcare app Streams in Musgrove Park Hospital. The contract follows similar, controversial partnerships with the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, which have adopted Streams to spot signs of […]

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Apple has joined the smart-speaker fray with the launch of its new HomePod— a voice-activated loudspeaker  powered by virtual assistant Siri. The new device, unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San José, California, will have to face the portentous competition of Amazon’s Echo and Alphabet’s Home speakers— both of which can answer questions, perform small tasks like […]

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After spearheading research on autonomous cars, Alphabet has now started looking into self-driving trucks. According to BuzzFeed News, Alphabet recent spin-off Waymo is in the process of testing driverless heavy vehicles for freight transportation. “Self-driving technology can transport people and things much more safely than we do today and reduce the thousands of trucking-related deaths […]

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Google’s spreadsheet programme Sheets has launched a new smart feature that will automatically convert data into charts and data visualisations. Thanks to Google’s natural language processing abilities, users will be able to simply ask Sheets to “Make a graph about this subset of data”— and the programme will carry that command out instantly. The improvement, announced […]

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Alphabet is bringing Artificial Intelligence to smartphones. Right now, most of the tech giant’s AI power is only accessible to users who can get an Internet connection and tap into the cloud; the next step, Google announced at its event I/O, is embedding  those capabilities directly in their handsets. Google’s current machine learning framework, Tensor Flow, was […]

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Raspberry Pi and Alphabet have teamed up to bring Artificial Intelligence capabilities to the matchbox-sized computer. Google’s new initiative, called “Artificial Intelligence Yourself” or AIY (a pun referring  to Raspberry Pi’s popularity with DIY enthusiasts) , will add natural language processing features to Raspberry Pi 3, thanks to a “Voice HAT” (Hardware Accessory on Top) add-on, […]

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