Latest Big Data News

Data issue caused 2,000 flight cancellations and widespread disruption

Incoming flight data caused widespread flight disruption leaving thousands stranded abroad, say NATS (formerly National Air Traffic Services) The technical issue arose after NATS’ systems failed to process an incoming flight plan. Manual processing was resorted to after its primary and backup systems suspended automatic processing of flight plans. Due to the volume constraints, traffic… Read More

UK data bill ‘favours big business’, says Open Rights Group

The Open Rights Group has criticised the UK data bill for undermining individual control over data in favour of big business. The proposed Data Protection and Digital Information Bill changes rules to subject access requests (SARs), which allows individuals to request copies of personal information held by an organisation. These requests could be rejected or… Read More

Kamala Harris, Steven Spielberg, Gene Simmons: public figures weigh in on AI debate
There's no slowing down the artificial intelligence (AI) boom, prompting public figures and celebrities to enter the debate. The advanced technology is rapidly becoming ubiquitous in both business and personal lives, raising concerns around regulations, ethics, and its speed of development. Well-known public figures like Vice President Kamala Harris, Steven Spielberg, Ashton Kutcher, Robert Downey... Read More

FCA chief cautions banks on the risks of AI and big tech
Banks have been warned about the risks of AI and big tech by Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief. Nikhil Rathi highlighted the need to invest in solutions to protect against the hazards of AI and 'deep fake' fraud. In a speech by Rathi, he urged the financial sector to be more productive and warned about... Read More

President Biden welcomes new data transfer pact between US and EU

The European Commission has announced a new data transfer pact with the United States. The pact aims to mitigate the legal uncertainties that have troubled numerous businesses transferring personal data across the Atlantic. The European Commission, serving as the executive arm of the EU, said measures implemented by the United States provide an adequate level… Read More

Diverse talent is critical for the future of AI, says Wellcome Trust’s Tariq Khokhar
The rise of artificial intelligence is already making an impact in industries as diverse as transport, healthcare and manufacturing. However, tech leaders agree that AI is just starting to develop and it will soon be able to do much more. At this relatively early stage of growth, experts like Tariq Khokhar, Head of Data for... Read More

Facebook owner Meta fined record €1.2bn for GDPR breach

Facebook owner Meta has been fined €1.2 billion (£1 billion) by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) for breaching part of the European GDPR rules. The company has also been ordered to stop transferring user data from European users to its US servers. After a three-year probe into the social media giant, the DPC said that… Read More

Two thirds of workers think AI will take over more jobs than it creates, survey reveals

Nearly two in three workers in the UK think the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) will take away more jobs than it will create, a new YouGov survey has suggested. In a poll carried out between May 5 and May 9 found that 62% of working Britons believe robotics and AI would take over more… Read More

BT to shed up to 55,000 jobs amid shift to AI and automation

BT Group has said it will cut between 40,000 and 55,000 jobs by the end of the decade amid plans to shift to artificial intelligence (AI) and automated services. The telecoms giant has around 130,000 employee, but plans to reduce that number to between 75,000 and 95,000 by the end of this decade. This means… Read More

CloserStill Media’s Tech Shows Secure Three AEO Excellence Awards Nominations

CloserStill Media’s Tech Show London and Tech Week Singapore have been shortlisted in three categories for the upcoming 30th AEO Excellence Awards, marking a significant achievement in the event industry. Tech Show London garnered significant recognition, earning a finalist spot for two categories. First, the Best Conference UK award, in which two other CloserStill Media… Read More

Google Cloud turns profit for first time, invests in AI infrastructure

Google Cloud has made a profit according to its earnings report for the first quarter of 2023, showing $191 million in operating income. This is up from a $706 million loss in the same period last year, marking the first profitable quarter for Google Cloud since the company began reporting separately from Alphabet, Google’s parent… Read More

Dyson invests more than £200m for tech hubs in UK, Singapore, Philippines
Dyson has revealed plans for a new £100 million technology centre based in Bristol, UK. The research and development hub is expected to create new jobs in software and artificial intelligence, as the household appliances company looks ahead to a new pipeline of products stretching ten years into the future. The centre will focus on... Read More