The Data Lab, Scotland’s innovation centre for data science which was recently appointed to lead the development of a new national strategy on artificial intelligence, has strengthened its governance board with the appointment of five new members from industry.
The European Commission’s new president has called for the EU to draw up new legislation to govern the use of artificial intelligence within 100 days of taking office, as part of a co-ordinated approach on the "human and ethical" implications of the technology.
The British livestock industry is turning to data science in its quest to make pig farming more sustainable and productive with the launch of a new £11 million high-tech facility which will aim to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint.
The use of artificial intelligence might be heading towards the mainstream but more and more companies are recognising the technology is far from perfect, with the vast majority (93%) planning to invest more in AI bias prevention initiatives over the next 12 months.
The Scottish government is being urged to address the disadvantages which prevent young people from taking up science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, amid calls for "systemic change" to prevent girls being locked out of the jobs of the future.
Three-fifths (60%) of UK companies are already using artificial intelligence, or plan to start using it in the next 12 months, with over a third (37%) using AI to drive business objectives, provide more efficiency and reduce cost.
Shop Direct, the online retail giant behind Littlewoods and Very.co.uk, has signed a deal with the University of Liverpool to develop a joint programme of activity across data and digital careers, as well as marketing and finance.