The Government has appointed a panel of leading industry and academic experts - from top universities as well as from brands such as Mastercard, Ocado and Amazon - to its artificial intelligence council.
Sports footwear and clothing giant Nike has embraced data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and recommendation algorithms to launch a new digital shoe measurement tool which it claims will not only be far more accurate than anything else on the market, it will also improve performance and slash the firm’s costs.
This year’s entries for the DataIQ Awards were stronger than ever, giving the judges a hard task in choosing winners from among the 100-strong shortlist. With 63 major brands in contention, the competition for one of these coveted awards is tough.
The drive to use digital tools to get the nation fit is to be expanded to embrace the prison population, as part of an NHS England campaign to get prisoners to manage their own recovery from health and addiction problems.
The UK is now a worldwide hub for socially responsible tech innovation, with so-called "tech for good" firms which are tackling challenges in healthcare, education, finance and sustainability worth more than £2.3 billion in 2018.
The Geospatial Commission is launching a new single Data Exploration Licence in an effort to harmonise and simplify access and use of geospatial data, as part of a £5 million investment designed to unlock the economic opportunities offered by mapping data.
Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to tackle the tech skills gap by launching new partnerships with three UK universities - as well as two colleges in the US - to offer a number of programmes, including courses on AI, data science, cyber security, and computer science.