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

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 […]

  Computer scientists at the University of Cambridge have created a way to minimise sheep’s suffering using artificial intelligence (AI). The researchers built machine learning algorithms based on the Sheep Pain Facial Expression Scale (SPFES)— a system that gauges the mammal’s pain depending on its facial movements. (Apparently, a pained sheep would tighten its cheek, fold […]

There is a 50 percent chance that artificial intelligence will grow capable to best human beings in virtually every field within 45 years, a survey of 352 AI experts reveals. According to the New Scientist, a survey carried out jointly by the University of Oxford and Yale University  among leading researchers in the field has returned the […]

Apple is looking to embed a new home-brewed processor dedicated to Artificial Intelligence in its handsets, Bloomberg has reported. The business outlet spoke with an unnamed source who revealed that the Cupertino-based giant is hard at work on a chip— known as the Apple Neural Engine— which would improve Apple devices’ performance on tasks such as speech […]

Update: On May 25, AlphaGo beat Ke Jie again in the second of two games. Things are looking bad for human Go players.  DeepMind’s AI AlphaGo has beaten the Chinese world champion Ke Jie in the strategic board game Go, winning the first of three planned games. The algorithm, which makes use of 12 layers of neural […]

The European Commissioner for Competition has fined Facebook £94 million over its 2014 WhatsApp takeover. Margrethe Vestager found that the social network giant gave “incorrect or misleading information” regarding how it intended to use the data owned by the messaging app. When Facebook acquired WhatsApp three years ago, it had officially ensured that there was […]

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 […]

Alphabet-owned artificial intelligence laboratory DeepMind has accessed the personal records of 1.6 million UK patients in a way the NHS’s senior data protection adviser has labelled “legally inappropriate.” According to Sky News, Britain’s National Data Guardian Fiona Caldicott flagged up in a letter to the Royal Free NHS Trust how sharing sensitive patient data with […]

The merger between food delivery company Just East and rival platform Hungryhouse is under an “in-depth” investigation from pro-competition authorities. London-based Just Eat announced its intention to acquire the smaller company—owned by German firm Delivery Hero—in December 2016 for £200 million, plus £40 millions depending on performance targets. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) —a governmental […]

Robots threaten to steal almost fifty percent of Scottish jobs in about a decade, a new report suggests. According to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR )Scotland, 1.2 million jobs —about 46 percent of the country’s total— are likely to be automated by 2030. The think tank recommended that adult workers go through more training and […]

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