Data Science Investment Counter —Funding raised by UK data science companies in 2017 as of today
£ 258.765 Million
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Amazon and Microsoft are joining efforts to make their digital assistants Alexa and Cortana work in concert. Amazon’s voice-powered helper Alexa will now be able to access Cortana’s functions (and viceversa) through a range of different platforms. According to The New York Times, the integration between the two smart assistants should be pretty straightforward: Amazon users will […]

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Rogue Artificial Intelligences can be concocted by fiddling with training data, scientists have found. A group of researchers from the New York University have discovered that manipulating the datasets used to train neural networks may result in  the creation of malicious AI systems. At the core of this issue, the researchers say, is the fact that a growing […]

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In June, Amazon announced its acquisition of supermarket chain Whole Foods. Now, Amazon’s tech rival Alphabet is teaming up with Whole Foods’ competitor Walmart in order to dent Amazon’s online shopping empire. Alphabet’s subsidiary Google has announced in a blogpost that its users will now be able to buy Walmart products through Google’s shopping app […]

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Facebook’s virtual assistant M is finally launching in the UK. The AI-powered smart helper will be able to interact with British users through a conversational interface built upon Facebook’s Messenger platform. The agent is able to carry out basic tasks—such as make a purchase, or book a table—and retrieve information. In addition, M uses natural language processing to analyse […]

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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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Amazon is set to launch a new UK R&D centre in the university city of Cambridge. The new 5500 square-metre office will open in an office building next to Cambridge’s train station. The tech giant already runs  another research facility in the city centre, which—once the new office starts working— is going to start focussing […]

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The Royal Society has published a 125-page report on machine learning, urging the government to invest in the technology and to foster its applications by making even larger datasets open and available to researchers and businesses. The London-based science organisation engaged in dialogues with experts, investors and the general public —whose attitudes towards machine learning was […]

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US neighbourhood-wide social network Nextdoor has acquired its British counterpart Streetlife in a “multi-million pound” deal, multiple sources report. The purchase follows the launch of Nextdoor in the UK (and in the Netherlands) four months ago. It is understood that Streetlife’s 1,5 million users will be invited to join Nextdoor prior to Streetlife’s eventual shutoff; the […]

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Apple is planning to gather its users’ iCloud data to improve virtual assistant Siri’s voice-recognition capabilities. Last week, in a disclaimer attached to the iOS 10.3 beta update, the company explained that accessing those data would “allow Apple to improve intelligent features and services such as Siri.” Users that accept the new feature can still deactivate it at any […]

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Apple is tipped to be finally joining the Partnership on AI— a club of tech giants researching artificial intelligence, launched in September 2016 by Amazon, Facebook, Alphabet, Microsoft, and IBM. The group’s stated goals are “to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform […]

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