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UK Government in talks with phone companies to stop spread of coronavirus 

Ministers are asking phone operators if they can use mobile data to help monitor whether the public are following social distancing advice to tackle the coronavirus. BT, which owns EE, said it was in talks with the Government over how it could aid in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Microsoft Bing launches interactive Covid-19 tracking map

The tracking map allows users to see the number of Covid-19 cases globally as well as news linked to that region Microsoft’s Bing search engine has launched a new interactive map which allows users to track the number of cases of Covid-19 around the world. The map uses data from the World Health Organisation (WHO),… Read More

White House summons AI community to mine dataset of 29,000 coronavirus research papers

A dataset of over 29,000 scientific articles related to the coronavirus family has been shared publicly to help the scientific and medical community better understand Covid-19 and its related viruses.

The machine-readable collection was collated so that AI technologies, specifically text and data mining tools, could easily digest existing scientific literature for insights on how Covid-19 can be tackled.

DeepMind deploys deep learning to predict coronavirus protein structures

London-based AI lab DeepMind has published predicted structures for several proteins present in SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

DeepMind said that while the predictions have not been experimentally verified, it hopes they will help scientists understand how the virus functions and serve as a platform for developing potential treatments.

More than a fifth of Britons would trust AI over politicians in Brexit negotiations, report suggests 

More than a fifth of Britons would trust artificial intelligence (AI) to better handle political negotiations – including Brexit – over human politicians, new research suggests. The survey of 2,000 people in the UK also found that nearly a third would follow financial advice given to them by AI.

UK user data not at risk from post-Brexit move to the US, Google claims

Google has insisted UK user data will remain safe despite plans to move millions of accounts to the US, where there is weaker oversight. The tech giant said it will shift control of UK data from Google Ireland – where it is under tough EU regulation – to its American parent Google LLC as a result of Brexit. EU-wide GDPR rules which require firms to protect people’s data and privacy are among the strictest in the world, but the US has no equivalent.

EU framework for ethical AI takes shape

The European Union has unveiled proposals to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology.

The report is part of the bloc’s wider digital strategy aimed at maintaining its position as the global pacesetter on technological standards.

West Cheshire turns to Qlik analytics to identify at-risk patients

Data analytics firm Qlik has partnered with health and care leaders in West Cheshire, UK, to develop analytics tools that identify and support patients at risk of health deterioration.

Cheshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, the body responsible for commissioning health and care services for the West Cheshire region, said Qlik’s tools will give people “more control over their health and wellbeing”, empower carers, reduce admin for care professionals and support the development of new medicines and treatments.

UK businesses in chronic need of deep learning skills

British businesses are in dire need of more deep learning talent and risk falling behind other countries if the skills gap is not bridged, according to new research.

AI firm Peltarion surveyed UK and Nordic firms about the impact of the AI skills shortage on their businesses. 83 percent of the AI decision-makers surveyed said the deep learning skills shortage is hampering business productivity and competitiveness. 49 percent said AI projects had been delayed due to the gap, while 44 percent said the shortage was preventing further investment in the technology.

Public should have say on how medical data is used, research suggests

Patients and the general public must be given a say on how their data is used by the NHS, a new report says.

The research from Imperial College London warns that if the public is not “deeply involved” in setting goals and limits on the use of data, it could lose trust in the NHS.

Google and Microsoft clash over proposed EU facial recognition ban

An EU proposal to temporarily ban facial recognition technology has divided opinion in the upper echelons of the techsphere, with leaders from Google and Microsoft offering divergent responses to the proposed bill.

Alphabet chief executive Sundar Pichai was quick to back the proposal, that leaked online this week, over concerns the technology could be misused. Meanwhile, Microsoft President and chief legal officer Brad Smith said an outright ban would be a step too far and called for a more measured response.

Google boss claims AI must be regulated

Writing in the Financial Times, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said new rules were needed to ensure it was developed and used responsibly. Artificial intelligence is “too important” not to be regulated because of the damage it could cause if left unchecked, the boss of Google has said. Sundar Pichai said the correct use of AI had the potential to save lives, but issues such as deepfakes and the “nefarious uses of facial recognition” showed it could also be a danger to public safety.