industry 4.0

AI: Time for business to grow up

Chris Middleton reports on why organisations need to take a more mature view of Industry 4.0 technologies, despite the negative media coverage. Hardly a month goes by without a report being splashed...
computer scan medical technology

Ageing populations demand new technologies, says government

In 2014, the median age of the UK population passed 40 for the first time. Over the next 20 years, the number of citizens aged over 60 will increase from just...
Fingerprint Scanning on blue technology Illustration

Amazon rejects calls to ban sales of facial recognition

Amazon shareholders have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to ban the company from selling its Rekognition system to the police and government agencies. At the company’s recent annual general meeting, less than three...
broadband fibre connect internet rural countryside

UK broadband: More smoke and mirrors from Whitehall

Chris Middleton explains why the government’s latest announcement about rural broadband is welcome – but not what it appears to be. A UK programme to roll out full-fibre, gigabit-capable broadband to remote...
face recognition technology concept illustration of big data and security in city

Ethical AI: Europe publishes new guidelines

Chris Middleton explains what Europe is doing to meet the ethical challenge posed by the rise of AI. What do organisations need to do to implement AI ethically – and just...
electoral interference

Electoral Interference: Taming the Bear

These days the internet is being used as a weapon of international war. Even as we bid adieu to French President Francois Hollande last week amidst closely observed elections in France,...
fantastic view of mainframe in the data center row

UK Industrial strategy: A bold vision scuppered by incompetence

OPINION While the British government wrestles with Brexit, it has announced more details of its plans to raise R&D investment to 2.4 percent of GDP, in line with its revamped industrial...
Facial Recognition Privacy Regulation

Why facial recognition systems should be regulated

Chris Middleton reports on a complex debate as the US considers putting legal restrictions on facial recognition systems. Moves are afoot in the US to regulate facial recognition technology. This month, two...
artificial intelligence ai human droid

Should we fear AI, or embrace its benefits?

Fifty-two technologists, academics, and business leaders have been quoted by business intelligence group CB Insights as saying that AI could spiral out of control and threaten human society. Some have hit the...

Global Leaders meet at WEF Davos to discuss the fourth industrial revolution

The 49th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, from 22-25 January 2019, brought together CEOs, politicians, economists, scientists, and activists to debate the critical questions facing the planet. Globalisation,...

APPLICATIONS

Thank You Sir, May I Have Another

Why do people go to college? Is it to get a good degree, in order to get a great job, in order to have...

HOT NEWS