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IBM deploys AI and data science to enhance classic Wimbledon footage

Wimbledon 2020 was set to kick off at the All England Club this week.

But just like every other major sporting event under the sun, Covid-19 has stopped play, and the most-watched live sporting event in the UK won’t be returning to screens until next year.


84% of UK citizens fear Covid-19 ‘contact-tracing creep’

A new report has revealed UK citizens fear data harvested for contact-tracing will be used by the Government for purposes other than Covid-19 containment. 

84 percent of 2,218 online consumers surveyed by identity technology provider Okta said they believed personal data collected as part of the UK’s test, track and trace programme would be used for purposes unrelated to Covid-19.

Nevertheless UK citizens are more willing than other countries to give up their data to aid containment of Covid-19, Okta said.


Amnesty names and shames countries with most invasive contact tracing apps

A security review of Covid-19 contact tracing around the world has singled out Bahrain, Kuwait and Norway for rolling out the most invasive tracking applications.

Amnesty International’s Security Lab analysed contact tracing apps from Europe, Middle East and North Africa, although stopped short of looking at apps from Asia.


MongoDB brings database product range under one cloudy roof

MongoDB kicked off its live virtual event this week by announcing it is uniting its range of data products under one umbrella – the MongoDB Cloud, which the company claims will make it far easier for developers to work with data in the enterprise.

The idea is that if developers want to work with MongoDB tools, at work, at home or on their mobiles, the experience is consistent throughout, including across the tools themselves.


IBM kills facial recognition products and R&D

IBM will no longer sell general-purpose facial recognition technology or continue research and development in the controversial area.

IBM CEO Krishna, whose company has been at the forefront of facial recognition innovation, announced the sweeping changes in a letter to US Congress today, citing issues of “racial profiling” amid protests against the treatment of African Americans that have swept America, and further afield, following the horrific murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.


Report: EasyJet taps British AI firm Black Swan Data to expedite Covid-19 recovery

EasyJet has partnered with UK AI outfit Black Swan Data to help it forecast and optimise expenditure as the company tries to jumpstart business following the coronavirus outbreak.

As reported by The Telegraph on Sunday, Black Swan Data’s software, already used by Google, McDonald’s and Unilever, will be deployed to monitor customer behaviour, using AI and ML to predict food consumption and minimise wastage.


Google to stop developing AI for oil and gas extraction following damning Greenpeace report

Google has pledged to stop developing AI tools that help the energy sector with oil and gas extraction. 

The company made the announcement hours after Greenpeace released a report comdemning public cloud giants for providing technology to oil and gas companies that inflicts more damage on the environment. 

Microsoft and Amazon were also singled out in the ‘Oil in the Cloud’ report for providing the struggling sector with high-powered computing and cloud tools that reduce production costs.


IT pros slam effectiveness of UK Covid-19 contact tracing app

Less than a quarter of IT experts believe the UK’s coronavirus contact tracing app will be effective, according to a survey.

Just under half (45 percent) said they were undecided about it, while almost a third (32 percent) believe the tool will not be useful in helping to contain Covid-19.


Sony reveals an image sensor which it says could make AI cameras a reality

Sony has unveiled a new image processor with built-in artificial intelligence, which the tech giant says could see the creation of AI-powered cameras in the future.

The Japanese tech firm has announced its new IMX500 and IMX501 image sensors, which it says are the first in the world to include AI.


Vodafone UK readies IoT heat detection camera for Covid-19 screening

Vodafone UK has teamed up with UK digital surveillance company Digital Barriers on a heat detection camera to help organisations get back to work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The thermal imaging device, powered by Vodafone’s IoT connectivity tech, will allow companies to screen the temperature of staff and other visitors as they enter buildings and is capable of checking the temperature of 100 people per minute and eight individuals simultaneously, the companies said.

Digital Barriers has provided the underlying software and hardware. The UK-headquartered company’s technology is used in over 60 countries across defence and national security, law enforcement, border security, first responders, critical national infrastructure, transportation agencies, automotive and mobility and private security.


LinkedIn’s new AI model automatically generates pre-interview screening questions

LinkedIn has developed an AI model for its jobs section that automatically generates screening questions for job listings.

In a paper uploaded to computer science pre-print server Arxiv, company researchers detailed the new Job2Questions application, which leverages deep transfer learning, a subcategory of machine learning, to generate appropriate screening questions for candidates.


Intel data centre division leads Q1 growth

Chipmaker supreme Intel has released its latest quarterly financials, with the company’s data centre group the standout performer in a quarter interrupted by Covid-19.

Intel’s revenues are split between those gained from PC chip sales, and what it calls “data-centric” sale — chips that service the enterprise IT stack, from the multi-cloud to the edge and back.