A global summit on artificial intelligence safety will be hosted by Britain


On June 7, 2023, the UK government announced that it would host the first global summit on artificial intelligence safety. The meeting will be held in London later this year. It will bring together leaders from government, industry, and academia to discuss the risks and opportunities of AI and how to ensure that AI is developed and used safely and responsibly. The summit is part of the UK’s...

The British court has rejected Google’s lawsuit regarding medical information


A lawsuit against Google over the transfer of medical information from a British hospital to the tech giant has been dismissed by a High Court judge. The claim was brought by Andrew Prismall, a patient at the Royal Free London NHS Trust, who alleged that his privacy had been breached when his data was shared with Google’s artificial intelligence business DeepMind Technologies. In 2015, the...

Government unveils plan to make UK a global hub for cryptoassets


Many banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions are located in London, making it one of the world’s premier financial centres. It is also a hub for international trade and commerce, with many multinational corporations having European headquarters in the UK. Students and researchers from across the globe are attracted to the UK’s world-class universities, such as the...

IMF meetings have exposed the fragmentation of the global economy


The message from last week’s annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund was clear. War, pandemic and rampant inflation have put the global economy under severe strain. The mood was edgy, often fractious. The Americans had a go at Saudi Arabia for orchestrating production curbs designed to push up the cost of oil. The Indians were unhappy with the aggressive increases in US interest rates...

China confirms first human case of H10N3 bird flu strain


A 41-year-old man in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu has been confirmed as the first human case of infection with the H10N3 strain of bird flu, although health officials in China said the risk of large-scale spread remained low. The man, a resident of the city of Zhenjiang, went to hospital on 28 April after developing a fever and other symptoms, China’s national health commission said. He...

‘Silence is the crime’: Patrice Evra on surviving abuse and his work with the WHO

His autobiography had been written and was at the printers when international football star Patrice Evra decided he had something important to add about his life. But first he had to tell his mum. “That was the hardest challenge,” he says. “And I was a 40-year-old man.” Until that point last year, the former Manchester United and French national team captain had never spoken about being sexually...

Perfidious Albion: why French faith in Boris Johnson has nosedived


Boris Johnson’s foreign policy is 80% driven by short-term domestic political interests that make it impossible to come to stable arrangements with him, senior French sources have concluded. Paris is increasingly convinced the British prime minister is not interested in solving the bilateral problems weighing down the relationship, and instead wants to use France as a running sore to keep Brexit...

Liz Truss arrives in Moscow with ‘toughest sanctions’ plan delayed


The British foreign secretary, Liz Truss, will meet her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Thursday with her plan to have put the UK’s “toughest sanctions regime against Russia” on the statute book in time for the trip having fallen through. Truss told MPs the laws would be in place by 10 February, but nothing has been put to parliament, raising suspicions among opposition MPs that government...

Global news provider Insider sets up Northern Ireland base with 50 tech jobs


A global digital news company is to create 50 new jobs as it sets up a new technology base in Northern Ireland. New-York-based Insider Inc said the province’s strong tech talent pool had attracted it to the region where the new Technology and Product Hub will work closely with the company’s global business. The new team – made up of data engineering, project management and IT support specialists...

Why the tiger, not the lion, is king of the jungle


Lions may face a challenge to the species’ long reign as king of the jungle, after scientists from Oxford University found that tigers have the bigger brains. By measuring the skull size and volume of a large sample of tigers, lions, leopards and jaguars, they found that the tiger has a bigger brain than its big-cat cousins. “When we compare the two biggest species, on average the...


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