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DIGIT Tech News Roundup – 12th of April 2019

Duncan MacRae


DIGIT Tech News Roundup

In this edition of the DIGIT Weekly Roundup, we highlight some of the top-trending tech and business news stories permeating the airwaves in the week beginning 8th of April.

DIGIT’s Top Trending Stories

Aberdeen City Council Plans Intelligent Street Lighting Roll-out

More than 3,000 streetlights in Aberdeen will be replaced with ‘smart’ lighting fixtures following a deal between Aberdeen City Council and technology firm, Pinacl.

The Welsh company, which recently combined with Boston Networks, has been chosen to deploy an IoT communications network in the Granite City as part of a £9.7 million project.

The smart street light deployment could enable the city to make significant savings on its annual street lighting energy consumption, as well as help with cost savings.

Energy consumption costs for street lighting in Aberdeen stood at around £2 million per year as of 2015. However, following this deployment this could fall to less than £800,000 once all street lights have been replaced.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

KPMG’s Glasgow Technology Advice Unit Could Create 400 Jobs

Professional services firm KPMG plans to open its second UK managed services hub in Glasgow, creating up to 400 jobs.

The company is hiring a mix of experienced engineers and software developers, as well as graduates and apprentices, for the office.

About 50 workers have already been recruited, with another 150 expected to be taken on this summer.

Catherine Burnet, a senior partner for the firm which offers a range of audit, tax, financial and strategic advice to customers worldwide, believes that the Glasgow office will create as many as 400 jobs over the next three years.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

European Commission Moves Forward with AI Ethics Programme

ExscientiaA pilot programme will be launched by the European Commission (EC) this summer to further develop ethical guidelines surrounding the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

The ethical framework is part of the EC’s AI strategy, launched in April 2018. This aims to increase public and private investment to more than €20 billion per year over the next decade; boosting the availability of data, fostering talent and ensuring public trust in the emerging technology.

The EC said it will take a three-step approach to develop AI guidelines, which includes setting out the ‘key requirements’ for trustworthy AI, launching a large-scale pilot phase for feedback from stakeholders, and working on building international consensus for human-centric AI.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

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Microsoft and Amazon Beat Oracle and IBM to $10bn Pentagon Deal

Amazon and Microsoft have seen off competition from IBM and Oracle to win a cloud contract with the Pentagon worth up to $10 billion (£7.6 billion) – and will now go head-to-head in the final stage of bidding.

A US Defense Department spokesperson said that Microsoft and Amazon Web Services were the companies that “met the minimum requirements outlined” for the sole provider role.

All four companies had been competing for months to win the US Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract.

Oracle has has called foul play, though, and launched launched a lawsuit. It has accused an Amazon employee, who had previously worked on JEDI, of having undue influence in proceedings.

However, a Pentagon spokesperson said this had “no adverse impact on the integrity of the acquisition process”.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Police Use Detectors to Spot Drivers Using Mobile Phones

driver using mobile phone at the wheelThames Valley and Hampshire Police are the first forces in the UK to use mobile phone detectors in an effort to curb the number of people using them while driving.

The technology picks up 2G, 3G and 4G signals, and alerts police if it detects someone using a phone to call, text or use data. No alert will be shown if drivers are using a Bluetooth hands-free device.

The technology is unable to differentiate between a driver or passenger using th phone, and will not be used to prosecute offenders. But police hope that the devices will help to change driver behaviour.

Kate Goldsmith, whose daughter Aimee was killed by a lorry driver who was using his phone, said the technology is not a perfect solution but “a step in the direction”.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Beowulf Was Written By Just One Author, Computer Analysis Finds

Old English poem Beowulf, generally believed to be the work of several poets, is actually the work of one wordsmith, computer analysis has found.

The origins of the poem remain a mystery and exactly how many people contributed to the text has been debated for centuries.

However, Harvard researchers recently split the original text of Beowulf, which describes a Danish hero’s quest to kill a monster and its vengeful mother, into two sections. They then analysed each using state-of-the-art textual analysis to determine if they came from two different authors. They examined features such as the rhythm of the poem, the pauses, joined words and clusters of letters.

Harvard postdoc Madison Krieger, who helped lead the study, said: “Our work demonstrates a stylistic homogeneity of Beowulf on a level never before documented. So it’s fair to say that we’ve tipped the needle slightly more towards unitary authorship.”

It is thought that the textual analysis tool used to look at Beowulf could also help to identify social media posts written by troll farms.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Duncan MacRae


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