The US is now the world leader when it comes to bitcoin mining, overtaking China according to data published by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. New bitcoin is created when high performance computers compete against other computers to solve mathematical equations, dubbed ‘mining’, which requires significant amounts of energy often derived from fossil fuels.
The Metropolitan Police is facing calls for a formal investigation after it admitted to losing 2,280 electronic devices over the past two years. The data, obtained from the force by litigation practice Griffin Law using Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation, revealed the extent of losses and thefts of police laptops, tablets and mobile phones in both 2019 and 2020.
The UK government is seeking to “diversify” the telecoms market and stimulate the creation of products and services from SMEs and startups. The move will support the UK government’s aim of developing a domestic capability for 5G and making sure the telecoms market includes a variety of vendors, including a larger number of smaller firms.
Capabilities provided by artificial intelligence (AI) could boost the UK economy by 10 per cent by 2030, according to research published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The report, carried out by PWC, used workshops and publicly available government data to assess the impact of AI-related tech on the labour force in variety of different sectors.
Scotland has become the first country in the world to make digital therapeutics for anxiety and insomnia available nationally. NHS Scotland will offer Big Health’s therapeutics to all adults, providing them with cognitive behavioural therapy.
Improved connectivity can save a total of 27.8 megatonnes of transport-related carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions between 2021 and 2035, according to a new report commissioned by Huawei. This is the equivalent of taking 750,000 lorries off Britain’s roads or more than twice the annual CO2 emissions of Greater Manchester according to the report carried out by communications industry analyst Assembly.
The Scottish Government's CivTech Accelerator programme has now started, with 12 startups chosen to develop their solutions to help tackle social challenges.The 15-week intensive programme will involve a series of specialised workshops with industry experts, to help the startups address areas such as the decarbonisation of Scottish manufacturing, enhancing social care services and improving educational facilities.
Tech Nation has accepted 31 tech companies into its Upscale growth programme as investments in mid-stage UK companies take off. Nearly a quarter of the companies selected are HealthTechs and a sixth are EdTechs. The companies chosen reflect the wider growth of the UK’s mid-stage scaling tech companies (at the Series A funding stage).
Alexandra Leonards explores the environmental technologies dominating the UK budget in 2021. More than a third of UK consumers say they’d prefer future technology to prioritise climate concerns over non-essential needs. With the government recently announcing plans for a £12 billion ‘green industrial revolution,’ the British public may be in luck.
Paying too much attention to fake videos could undermine the notion of truth when it comes to online content. Alexandra Leonards explores the dangers of perception, the rise of ‘shallowfakes,’ and discovers how to tackle deepfakes while they’re still in their infancy.