New Year, New Tech – News Roundup 06/01/2017


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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. As we come to the end of the first week of the new year we catch up on tech news out there. This week ending 06/01/2017 Londoners turn to chatbots for healthcare, an AI system replaces employees in Japan, Python open sources Grumpy and Samsung invests in startups.



AI healthcare

Londoners to have access to AI chatbot instead of calling NHS 111

It has been announced this week that some areas of the capital will be able to use a chatbot for health advice from the NHS, in the form of a new smartphone app powered by AI. This comes from a collaboration with startup Babylon Health and a London NHS trust for a 6 month trial of technology offering an alternative to the current non-emergency health services.

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(City A.M.) 05/01/2017


IBM_WatsonJapanese firm replaces 34 employees with IBM Watson

AI has taken over at a firm in Japan, making 34 workers redundant and replacing them with IBM Watson technology. The system that is based on cognitive search content and will have the ability to read medical certificates written by doctors and other documents. While AI is invented to make everyday tasks easier and remove the possibilities of human error, the World Economic Forum predicted the rise of robotics, AI and other technologies will result in a global loss of 5 million jobs by 2020.

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(The Drum) 05/01/2017



google grumpyGoogle open sources Python-on-Go transcompiler Grumpy

Google has decided to open source Grumpy, the Python runtime environment for Go that was developed to improve the performance of YouTube. In doing so Google has promised better performance from concurrent workloads and closer interoperability. The Goal is for Grumpy to be a drop-in replacement runtime for any pure-Python project but will forgo support for C-language extension modules.

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(The Inquirer) 05/01/2017


Samsung is to invest $150m into global emerging tech startupsamsung invests

The tech giant announced on Wednesday its intention to invest within virtual reality, AI and IoT space via a new $150 million venture capital fund. Samsung has invested in 10 companies so far, stating that they envision software and services becoming a “core part of Samsung Electronics’ DNA” and startups are key to this.

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(ZDnet) 05/01/2017


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