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Andy Rubin's Talk at Code Was Hugely Revealing About AI
Phil Oakley  
5/31/2017   1 comment
Andy Rubin helped invent the smartphone, founded and invented Android, then was in charge of robotics at Google. Now he's going to bring artificial intelligence to everyone.
Android Founder's New Company Takes Aim at Tech Giants, Bets on AI
Phil Oakley  
5/30/2017   Post a comment
Andy Rubin, who founded Android in 2005 and got acquired by Google, has a new company, and it's taking aim at Apple, Google and Amazon with its new AI-infused products.
Artificial Intelligence: Don’t Dive In Without Checking the Depth
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5/30/2017   1 comment
AI is more than just a buzz term, notes the team at the UK Innovation Hub.
DeepMind Retires AlphaGo From Competitive Go
Phil Oakley  
5/30/2017   1 comment
After beating world number one Ke Jie for the third time, DeepMind has announced it will retire AlphaGo from competitive play.
AlphaGo Tries on Teamwork for Size in PairGo & TeamGo
Phil Oakley  
5/26/2017   Post a comment
DeepMind's AlphaGo took on a new challenge today as it attempted to play both in a team and against a team at the Future of Go summit in Wuzhen, China.
Facebook's Aquila Drones Provide Internet for Everyone
Phil Oakley  
5/25/2017   1 comment
In London, Facebook told us abouts its Aquila drone project, bringing Internet to the unconnected billions.
AI's the Winner: AlphaGo Defeats Ke Jie
Phil Oakley  
5/25/2017   Post a comment
AlphaGo, developed by London-based DeepMind, has beaten Ke Jie, the world's leading Go player, for the second time, winning the three-game series.
Facebook Shows Off Oculus Rift & VR Tech in London
Phil Oakley  
5/25/2017   Post a comment
Facebook showed off its Oculus Rift virtual reality technology in London, giving a sneak peek at what VR could do for work.
Facebook Shows Off Its AR Efforts in London
Phil Oakley  
5/24/2017   Post a comment
Facebook's platform play on augmented reality is bigger than filters on selfies – with Camera Effects, it aims to bring AR to everybody.
Google's Waymo Could Be Worth $70B by 2030 – Analysts
Phil Oakley  
5/24/2017   Post a comment
If Google's parent company, Alphabet, spins off self-driving car company Waymo into an independent startup, it could be worth $70 billion by 2030, reckon Morgan Stanley analysts.
IKEA's Smart Light Platform to Take Voice Commands
Phil Oakley  
5/24/2017   2 comments
By the year's end, owners of IKEA's smart lighting platform will be able to use voice control to dim or turn off their lights using smart home hubs from Google, Apple and Amazon.
Advir Publishes Report on How to Advertise in VR
Phil Oakley  
5/24/2017   1 comment
Advertising in VR is hard, so VR-first company Advir has a new report to fix that.
AlphaGo Beats Go World Number 1 Ke Jie
Phil Oakley  
5/23/2017   1 comment
Google's AlphaGo AI beats the world's top Go player, Ke Jie, in the first of three matches.
Amazon May Bring Checkout-Less Supermarkets to the UK
Phil Oakley  
5/23/2017   Post a comment
The Amazon Go stores, launched in the US in 2016, may be hitting the UK if trademark registrations with the UK Intellectual Property Office are to be believed.
Ford Set to Replace CEO With Autonomous Vehicle Lead
Phil Oakley  
5/22/2017   Post a comment
Mark Fields is out and Jim Hackett, the current Ford Smart Mobility chairman, is in amid turmoil at the company.
Ricoh Unveils Latest 360° Camera in the Theta Line
Phil Oakley  
5/19/2017   Post a comment
Ricoh's new 360° camera shoots and livestreams in 4K and runs on Android.
London City Airport to Get Remote, Digital Air Traffic Control
Phil Oakley  
5/19/2017   Post a comment
London City Airport will become the first UK airport to have air traffic control provided digitally, using high-resolution cameras.
Augmented Reality Is Changing Healthcare, 1 Step at a Time
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5/19/2017   Post a comment
Nadine Hachach-Haram, an NHS plastic surgery registrar and co-founder of Proximie, tells us what her company is doing to transform healthcare using augmented reality. She will be speaking at VR & AR World session at TechXLR8, London Tech Week’s headline expo.
NEXT Transportation & Globetouch Announce Partnership
Phil Oakley  
5/18/2017   Post a comment
The two companies are partnering to develop next-generation transportation solutions using the Internet of Things.
ARM Prepares to Put Chips in Your Brain
Phil Oakley  
5/18/2017   Post a comment
ARM partners with researchers in the US to develop implantable, bio-medical chips.
Soon Everyone Will Have Their Own Personal Shopping Assistant
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5/18/2017   Post a comment
We had a chat with Karen Harris (below), MD at intu Digital, about how shopping centers are using virtual and augmented reality to transform the shopping experience.
Milton Keynes Will Have AI Traffic Lights by Next Year
Phil Oakley  
5/18/2017   Post a comment
By autumn next year, there might finally be a reason to visit Milton Keynes: traffic lights controlled by AI.
Planning for the IoT: How the Right Upfront Decisions Can Mean Better Performance, Scalability & Security
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
While security is a hot topic for the architects of IoT devices and applications, good IoT infrastructure planning shouldn’t stop there
OpenAI Teaches Robots Using Single Demonstrations in VR
Phil Oakley  
5/17/2017   1 comment
The non-profit organization backed by Elon Musk can train robots in simulated environments, and then have the robot carry out the same procedure in real life.
Toyota Backs Flying Car Startup as Industry Starts to Take Off
Phil Oakley  
5/17/2017   Post a comment
Toyota funds a small Japanese startup just as the sector might be taking to the skies, literally.
How VR & AR Will Change the Way We Work
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
We sat down with Justin Marshall from YouGov ahead of his session at VR & AR World to discuss the future of visual technologies.
7 Innovation Labs That Are Leading the Pack
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Innovation labs are getting bad press these days but positive examples of this approach are not hard to find.
Savari Wants to Get 5G Into Connected Cars
Phil Oakley  
5/16/2017   Post a comment
Connected car company Savari joins the 5G Automotive Association, accelerating the usage of 5G in connected cars.
Salesforce Develops Deep Learning-Powered Algorithm for Summarizing Text
Phil Oakley  
5/16/2017   Post a comment
MetaMind, which Salesforce acquired last year, has developed AI that uses deep learning to summarize text.
Unblocking London
Phil Oakley  
5/16/2017   1 comment
Transport for London, along with partner Tech City Ventures, has chosen six startups that will help turn London into a smart city, fighting congestion and greenhouse gas emissions
Global Cyber Attack: What Happened?
Phil Oakley  
5/15/2017   1 comment
As Friday's ransomware attack, which affected over 150 countries, winds down, we look at why it happened and what stopped it.
NHS England Hit by a 'Large-Scale' Cyberattack
Phil Oakley  
5/12/2017   Post a comment
NHS organizations across England, plus countries around the world, have been hit by a cyberattack, with computer systems asking users for money.
The Energy Revolution
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5/12/2017   Post a comment
UK Innovation Hub by Innogy looks at the ever-changing renewable energy market and talks about the demand for new talented startups and entrepreneurs and the role they could play in the energy revolution.
British VR Startup Improbable Raises $500M, Valued at $1B
Phil Oakley  
5/12/2017   2 comments
Improbable uses VR to build vast, expansive and hugely impressive online worlds for both consumers and industry, but still doesn't make money.
Scope AR Brings HoloLens to the Factory Floor With WorkLink
Phil Oakley  
5/12/2017   Post a comment
Scope AR brings WorkLink, its mixed-reality, enterprise-focused authoring platform to the Microsoft HoloLens.
Google-Funded 'Super Sensor' Might Power Future Smart Homes
Phil Oakley  
5/12/2017   Post a comment
The plug 'n' play board uses a variety of sensors to monitor dumb appliances, giving them IoT abilities.
How to Master Enterprise Cloud Security
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5/12/2017   Post a comment
Overcoming cloud security challenges for a safer business.
Marketers Must Look Beyond Beacons to Retain Loyalty
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5/12/2017   Post a comment
Xavier Legrand, a senior product manager at Engage Hub, explains why marketers need to rethink their strategy and not rely on beacons.
There'll Soon Be Self-Driving Cars on the Streets of New York
Phil Oakley  
5/11/2017   Post a comment
The state has announced it will start accepting applications from automakers for permission to test self-driving cars on public roads.
What the Future Holds for AI, Machine Learning & Robotics
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5/11/2017   Post a comment
Jeremy Wyatt, Professor of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Birmingham, offers his thoughts on the future of robotics and AI.
UKCloud Plans to Revolutionize UK Health Sector
Phil Oakley  
5/11/2017   Post a comment
UKCloud, the dominant cloud provider to the United Kingdom's public sector, now wants to do the same to the health sector.
Durham Police Develops a HART for Suspect Risk
Phil Oakley  
5/10/2017   Post a comment
Durham Constabulary's new AI tool, HART, evaluates a suspect for risk based on past data.
Nvidia Taps AI to Monitor CCTV in Smart Cities
Phil Oakley  
5/10/2017   Post a comment
NVIDIA's newest platform, Metropolis, uses deep learning to analyze video surveillance and develop insights into how cities could be safer and more efficient.
Innovation In Action: The Business Leaders' Perspective
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5/10/2017   Post a comment
How are the most successful companies using innovation to drive profitable growth? Eight entrepreneurs, analysts, directors and founders weigh in.
BT's Latest Infinity Lab Searches for IoT Startups
Phil Oakley  
5/9/2017   1 comment
BT is looking for startups developing connected buildings, vehicles, or assets for its latest Infinity Lab competition.
How AI Can Help Financial Services Become Tech Titans
TechX365 News  
5/9/2017   1 comment
Dr George Zarkadakis, Digital Lead at Willis Towers Watson, examines how AI will transform financial services companies into true digital businesses.
HoloLens App Strikes a Chord With Spinal Specialists
Phil Oakley  
5/8/2017   Post a comment
Medical technology Scopis announces a next-gen platform using Microsoft's HoloLens that aims to aid surgeons in spinal operations.
How Training Instructors Can Truly Prove Their Value
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5/8/2017   Post a comment
Higher education can inform instructor-led training programmes, says Peter Eyre of Meetoo.
Amazon Announces 400 New R&D Jobs in Cambridge
Phil Oakley  
5/5/2017   Post a comment
Amazon will employ 400 scientists and engineers to work on the Alexa voice assistant, Fire TV stick, Echo and other products.
Sociable UK Startups Bank £375k
Phil Oakley  
5/4/2017   Post a comment
In the latest startup funding round from the Nominet Trust, eight budding companies were awarded £375,000 between them.
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