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Google’s top AI researcher Geoffrey Hinton and sometimes colleagues Yoshua Bengio (founder of Element AI) and Yann LeCun (director of AI at Facebook) share the 2019 Turing Award, announced this week by the Association for Computing Machinery.

The trio, oft described as the “Godfathers of AI”, who split the $1 million annual prize, have celebrated the prize as a vindication of their steadfast belief in deep learning neural networks, even through an era when they were unfashionable within computer science.

The media in the UK celebrated British-born Hinton’s achievements as a feather in the cap for Britain. However, it also should shine a light on our academic system given that Hinton left the UK for California and then Canada after struggling to find funding after obtaining his PhD.

News in Brief:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nobel-peace-prizewinning-doctors-warn-killer-autonomous-robots-must-be-banned-zt63np0t8

http://fortune.com/2019/03/28/finland-prison-inmates-train-ai-artificial-intelligence-algorithms-vainu/

Around Whitehall:

AI and Public Standards – Committee announces review

The committee on Public standards in Public Life, has confirmed a review into frameworks and regulations used to ensure that high standards of conduct are upheld as technologically assisted decision-making is adopted. Committee chair Lord Nolan highlighted with the development and use of data-enabled technologies in public services increasing, both ethical and practical challenges this brings must be examined. An element of the review will focus on artificial intelligence and its impact on standards across the public sector.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ai-and-public-standards-committee-announces-review

£9m awarded to breakthrough digital health technologies

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced new funding towards innovative digital technology projects aimed at addressing challenges in healthcare. Projects will involve the use of machine learning and hand-held devices to improve the targeting of clinical interventions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/9m-awarded-to-breakthrough-digital-health-technologies

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