European Commission sets out 7 requirements of Artificial Intelligence

The European Commission has called for human oversight and transparency in artificial intelligence-based systems in order to ensure the technology is “trustworthy”. AI technology must also not discriminate, be fair and respect the data privacy of users if it is to be deemed trustworthy by authorities in the EU. The Commission has published seven essential…

McDonald’s buys AI tech to automatically adjust drive-thru menu

American fast food chain McDonald’s has bought an AI machine-learning company that will automatically change its drive-thru menu panels depending on factors such as weather, time, restaurant traffic and trends. The technology means that it could suggest McFlurry ice cream products on hot days, or show what is popular at that particular restaurant at the…

Academic calls for more AI designers from minority backgrounds

More female, black or ethnic minority computer designers are needed to make artificial intelligence like driver-less cars more inclusive, an academic has said. Dr Bethany Waterhouse-Bradley said progress was being spearheaded by white, male, middle-class computer engineers. That can show itself through sensors which find it harder to detect black hands than white, the lecturer…

Facebook acquires AI furniture shopping startup GrokStyle

  (Dominic Lipinski/PA) Facebook has bought an AI furniture shopping startup called GrokStyle, as the social network continues to broaden its technology with greater focus on artificial intelligence. The San Francisco-based company, which was founded in 2015, developed technology that allows consumers to take a photo of furniture and uses AI…

Robots and AI will give doctors more time with patients, claims NHS report

Robots, artificial intelligence and smart speakers will unburden doctors to give them more time with patients, according to an NHS report on the pending technological “revolution” in healthcare. Rapid advances will also be spurred on by developments in the ability to sequence individuals’ genomes, the entirety of their genetic data, according to the “groundbreaking” review…