Technology News Roundup 27/04/2018


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This week in tech news the Govt announces fresh funding for AI, a new report finds AI talent demand to greatly outstrip supply, Zuckerberg faces a formal summons from UK MP’s, Google releases PostgreSQL support for Cloud SQL and Snap is set to change its SnapMap ahead of GDPR.
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UK Govt announces £300m funding to make UK global leader in AI

According to a press release from the UK government, £300m funding has been allocated to the technology sector to invest in AI research with aims to make the UK a global leader in technology. The new funding follows on from the commitment made in the government’s modern Industrial Strategy and its AI Grand Challenge, aiming to help the UK seize £232bn opportunity that AI offers to the UK economy by 2030.

Click here to read more about the new AI funding from the UK government (UKTN) 25/04/2018


New report finds AI talent demand will greatly outstrip supply

A new report on the potential impact of AI on the job market from McKinsey & Company reveals statistics that show that talent demand will greatly outstrip supply. The report is an analysis of more than 400 use cases across 19 industries and nine business functions, highlighting the broad use and significant economic potential of advanced AI techniques.

Click here to read more about the report and the impact of AI on the job market (DiceUK) 25/04/2018


Facebook’s Zuckerberg faces formal summons from UK MP’s

Following the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal MP’s have urged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to speak to them after evidence given by the chief technology officer was deemed inacceptable, failing to fully answer 40 questions put to him as part of an inquiry into fake news.

Click here to read more about Zuckerberg facing a formal summons by UK MP’s
(BBC News) 26/04/2018


Google releases PostgreSQL support for Cloud SQL

This week Google will be releasing a number of cloud database improvements such as commit timestamps for Cloud Spanner to Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL to name a few and these key improvements are aimed at accelerating cloud-native database innovation.

Click here to read more about the new Google releases


Snap set to change Snap Map in Europe ahead of GDPR

Snapchat has faced criticism in Europe for how it processes and exposes the location of children on the Snap Map launched which launched last year. Now it is making changes to the information it collects about under-16s in Europe as it works to comply with an update to the EU’s new data protection rules.

Click here to read more about SnapChat’s GDPR changes
(TechCrunch) 26/04/2018


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