18 July 2018

Welcome to the first edition of AI Roundup - your fortnightly newsletter on AI from around the world. Brought to you this week by Katie and Scarlet.

Europe

AI researchers pledge to never develop killer robots

Over 160 companies working in artificial intelligence have signed a pledge not to develop lethal autonomous weapons.

Tech cheerleader takes on the NHS

Newly appointed Health Secretary Matt Hancock came out of the gate vowing to use the skills he developed as digital secretary to give the 70-year-old National Health Service a much-needed refresh. He promised that new apps, data algorithms and treatments based on artificial intelligence will reform health care delivery.

UCL and Cisco to open new London AI research centre this year

Cisco is to invest £77m in supporting partnership with industry, government and academia to help accelerate digital innovation in the UK, including an ongoing drive around artificial intelligence (AI).

This AI Startup Could Be The Next DeepMind

Prowler.io, a Cambridge, U.K.-based machine-learning startup that bills itself as a decision-making platform for any company with complex problems to solve.

South America

Monterrey becomes Mexico's digital hub

The first digital ecosystem has launched in Monterrey with a view to positioning the city as Mexico’s leading tech hub and to help further the digital transformation of the country.

Middle East

Training the tech stars of tomorrow: IT Kids Innovation Theatre returns to Oman

The Information Technology Authority (ITA) of Oman is holding the third edition of its IT Kids Innovation Theatre, a programme to develop children's information technology (IT) skills.

Saudi Arabia’s Maaden signs MoU with GE to discuss digital cooperation in mining sector

The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) signed a strategic memorandum of understanding (MoU) with General Electric (GE) on Thursday, which focused on exploring possible opportunities to support digital transformation in the industrial sector.

Saudi Arabia entices UK fintechs to its shores

Saudi Arabia is offering fintechs from other countries the opportunity to access its large internal market.

The degree of the future: UAE's first Artificial Intelligence course is launched

The British University in Dubai has launched a bachelor degree in Artificial Intelligence, the first of its kind in the country.

Oceania

Why Australia has an opportunity to lead the way on AI regulation

We are on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution with advances in AI continuing at a rapid pace. Yet despite its promise, Australian businesses are hesitating to embrace AI, fuelled by misunderstandings and misapprehensions. These have only been exacerbated by the recent headlines of misuse of personal data by tech giants.

Katie Passey