The man who spearheads Google - a company which has spent hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions, developing artificial intelligence systems - has joined calls for AI regulation, although perhaps unsurprisingly has demanded "a sensible approach".
The quest to find and recruit data professionals shows no sign of easing in London with new figures showing data roles are growing faster than any other profession, up 92% in the past 12 months alone, despite a year which was dominated by Brexit-related political and economic uncertainty.
Five months after opening up a data platform which details the capital’s cycle lanes and places to park, Transport for London has started to use artificial intelligence in planning a raft of new cycle routes around the city.
City of Edinburgh Council is planning to put digital and data technology at the heart of its new mobility and transport plan as it seeks a more environmentally friendly approach to travelling around the city.
Speculation over who will succeed Daniel Craig as the next James Bond may have been rife for months, but back in the real world it seems that 007 is becoming obsolete as MI5 kicks off a major recruitment drive to build an army of data and behavioural scientists to combat terrorist threats.
The London Datastore, the online platform set up in 2010 as a data-sharing resource to help tackle issues such as road congestion and air quality, must increase the variety and volume of information available to ensure it is fit for purpose for the next decade and beyond.
Hollywood studio Warner Bros - the company behind classics from Casablanca to The Matrix and Color Purple to Gone with the Wind - is trialling machine learning technology in an effort to predict which movies will turn into box office hits.
Health Data Research UK, the independent, non-profit organisation whose backers include the British Heart Foundation, The Medical Research Council and the UK Government, is launching a new scheme designed to help organisations improve patient care through analysing large-scale data.
Artificial intelligence-related courses have emerged as the most popular in the UK this year, with Stanford University’s online machine learning course topping the charts, followed by courses such as AI for Everyone, Introduction to TensorFlow, and Programming for Everybody.
The NHS may have been at the heart of the General Election debate but it is already attempting to alleviate the pressure on its workforce through the widescale adoption of artificial intelligence and robotics to change the way health professionals care for patients, diagnose illnesses and manage paperwork.