Technology News Roundup 12/05/2017


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Stay tech savvy with the Eligo Technology news roundup, featuring the latest news and updates from the Tech industry each week. This week ending 11/05/2017 Microsoft makes an emergency security fix to stop hackers, Amazon announces its new release of a touchscreen Echo, Durham police use AI to help with custody decisions and research finds cancer cells are detected more accurately in a hospital with artificial intelligence. 


Microsoft makes emergency security fix to stop hackers

Microsoft has announced the release of an urgent update to stop hackers taking control of computers with a single email. This comes following an unusual bug that was found in Microsoft anti-malware software. Which could be exploited without the recipient even opening the message. The flaw was discovered at the weekend by researchers working for Google’s Project Zero cyber-security outfit. Hackers could exploit the flaw simply by sending an infected email, instant message or getting the user to click on a web browser link and Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and Windows Server operating systems are affected by the bug.

Click here to read more  (BBC News) 09/05/2017



Amazon’s new touchscreen Echo shows how far Amazon will go to conquer tech

On Tuesday Amazon announced a new speaker called the Echo Show that will work the same as the other Echo speakers, talking to the virtual assistant, Alexa. The biggest improvement to the Echo Show is its 7-inch touchscreen that can make video calls. This article questions the point of Amazon Echo and Alexa in general “to make it so that you don’t have to look at screens to get stuff done?”. Also stating that with every Amazon product, it is a slow, “but very steady, march to conquer every room in your home.”- Room by room. What are your thoughts?

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(UK Business insider) 09/05/2017



Durham Police use artificial intelligence to help with custody decisions

Police in Durham are preparing to introduce an artificial intelligence (AI) system designed to help officers decide whether or not a suspect should be kept in custody. The AI system has been trained on five years’ of offending histories data and will classify suspects at a low, medium or high risk of offending. Experts have said the tool could be useful, but the risk that it could skew decisions should be carefully assessed. Previous tests have shown the tools built in predisposition – that it is more likely to classify someone as medium or high risk, in order to err on the side of caution and avoid releasing suspects who may commit a crime.

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(BBC news) 10/05/2017



 Would you share your patient data to save lives?

The sharing of personal health data without consent can raise concerns about privacy and data access, but if used ethically does NHS patient data have the potential to improve healthcare and save lives? The Information Commissioner’s Office and the National Data Guardian for Health and Care are investigating the transfer of five years’ worth of patient data for 1.6 million people between the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Google artificial intelligence (AI) subsidiary DeepMind Health. While the intent behind the data-sharing agreement was altruistic, a recent academic paper described it as controversial and inexcusable.

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(Raconteur) 10/05/2017



Cancer cells detected more accurately in hospital with artificial intelligence  

Thanks to a new collaboration between the University of Warwick, Intel Corporation, the Alan Turing Institute and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS trust – Cancer cells are to be detected and classified more efficiently and accurately using groundbreaking artificial intelligence. Scientists at the University of Warwick’s Tissue Image Analytics (TIA) Laboratory – led by professor Nasir Rajpoot from the Department of Computer Science – are creating a large, digital repository of a variety of tumour and immune cells found in thousands of human tissue samples, and are developing algorithms to recognise these cells automatically.

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( 05/05/2017


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