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Latest Big Data News


Google finalises £1.5bn takeover of Fitbit, insists deal ‘not about data’

“This deal has always been about devices, not data, and we’ve been clear since the beginning that we will protect Fitbit users’ privacy,” said Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president for devices and services.


NHSX deploys machine learning to improve coronavirus treatment

Artificial intelligence will be used in an effort to improve the treatment of coronavirus patients.

It is hoped that thousands of scans made available to hospitals will result in patients with Covid-19 receiving faster treatment, improved outcomes and shorter hospital stays.


Amazon woos healthcare organisations to AWS with dedicated data lake service

AWS has announced a new cloud data lake service for healthcare organisations at its annual re:Invent summit. Amazon HealthLake promises to gather healthcare organisations’ on-premises healthcare data into one centralised data lake for querying, analysis and predictions via machine learning. 


Filecoin’s decentralised cloud storage network breaks one million TB milestone

Decentralised cloud storage startup Filecoin announced its network has achieved one Exabyte of worldwide storage capacity.

Launched in 2014, Filecoin touts its platform as a more secure and cost-effective cloud storage competitor to the likes of Box, AWS and Google Cloud.


MongoDB adds multi-cloud support to Atlas database service

NoSQL database provider MongoDB has bolstered its Atlas cloud database service with multi-cloud cluster support, catering to rising demand for enterprises seeking to deploy applications among multiple cloud providers.


Breach exposes data of every Covid-19 positive Welsh patient

Wales’ national public health agency has apologised after accidentally uploading the data of every citizen who tested positive for Covid-19 to a public-facing server.

Public Health Wales (PHW) confirmed the personal data of 18,105 Welsh residents was uploaded by mistake to the insecure server and searchable by anyone using the site.


UK Government details National Data Strategy

A strategy to make the UK a “global champion of data” has been set out, putting it at the heart of the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Data Strategy includes five priority missions the Government must take to capitalise on the opportunities data offers, including unlocking the value of data across the economy, securing a pro-growth and trusted data regime, transforming government’s use of data to drive efficiency and improve public services, ensuring the security and resilience of the infrastructure on which data relies and championing the international flow of data.


NASA taps Nvidia GPUs to predict solar flares with cutting-edge deep learning

NASA researchers have developed new deep learning techniques powered by Nvidia GPUs that can understand what’s happening beneath the sun’s surface and predict earth-damaging solar flares.

The intense heat created by our nearest star creates a boiling reaction which makes its surface bubbly. These bubbles (or granules) are visible when magnified through telescopic images and offer an indication of what’s happening beneath the sun’s outer layer.


AI cancer research centres in UK receive £50 million funding boost

Artificial intelligence capable of spotting deadly diseases like cancer is to receive a £50 million funding boost in a bid to speed up diagnosis times.

The extra cash is being awarded to three specialist centres based in Coventry, Leeds and London, delivering digital upgrades to pathology and imaging services across an additional 38 NHS trusts, the Department of Health and Social Care (DoH) said.


DeepMind forges new AI that churns out reinforcement learning algorithms

DeepMind researchers have developed a new AI technique that generates reinforcement learning algorithms by interacting with environments.

In a study posted on pre-print server Arxiv.org, researchers from the innovative AI firm claimed the algorithms were a dab hand at some of Atari’s most complex games, suggesting the technique could be used to discover generalisable reinforcement learning algorithms from data alone.


NHS rolls out predictive analytics to help hospitals forecast Covid-19 admissions

Predictive analytics is being rolled out across the NHS in a bid to help hospitals forecast coronavirus and direct resources where they are needed most.

The new Joint Biosecurity Centre is being asked to give the NHS locally advance warnings of any uptick in coronavirus admissions with the support of a machine learning-powered tool.


Renault migrates data to Google Cloud Platform

Groupe Renault has announced a new multi-year deal with Google Cloud to help the french car manufacturer accelerate its Industry 4.0 transformation.

A major component of the partnership is optimisation of Renault’s industrial data platform, which connects and aggregates industrial data from 22 global sites and 2,500 machines.