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World Mosquito Day: Fighting Malaria with Machine Learning

August 20th is World Mosquito Day. A day to raise awareness about the diseases carried by mosquitoes and highlight the scientific innovations that are emerging to help us reduce the suffering caused by the world’s second most deadly animal. 

Many diseases can be spread through mosquitoes, including zika, dengue and yellow fever. But the one that has caused the most damage upon humankind is malaria. Humans have been dying from this infectious disease in vast numbers for as long as records go...

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Approaching Ethical AI Design: an insider’s perspective

I would be surprised to find anyone who works in the tech sector, especially if they’re working with data, who hasn’t seen a significant emphasis on ethical applications of AI, or “doing AI ethically” (even the Pope has got involved!). Conferences, research, blog posts, videos, thought-starters are all - quite rightly - honing in on arguably one of the most important considerations of the 21st century: how do we build AI to the benefit of humankind?To some aspiring to answer this question, this...

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Women in Engineering

Though the numbers fluctuate slightly year to year, only about 10% of the engineering workforce in the UK are female.

National Women in Engineering Day, June 23rd, is a fantastic opportunity to shine the spotlight on the need for a more inclusive and diverse workforce, but more importantly, it is also a chance to ignite the embers we know are lurking inside women and girls, of all ages and backgrounds, to show them that engineering is absolutely an option for them too.

We are proud to share the...

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The AI adoption paradox: can cautious adoption reap maximal benefits?

In the race to adopt AI, there is a flurry of activity happening in boardrooms and technical teams across the country. AI, which even a few years ago seemed to be the preserve of a vanguard of highly innovative companies, has suddenly become a prerequisite for organisations in every sector. Perhaps the stern warning from McKinsey’s 2019 report is ringing in their ears, that “Front-runners [...] could increase economic value by about 120 per cent by 2030” whereas “Laggards, who adopt AI late or...

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A route to more reliable, forward facing solutions with active Human • AI Collaboration

As machine learning (ML) capabilities advance, and with the advent of widely available low-cost cloud computing, AI will inevitably be applied to a wider range of more challenging problems, including those that affect the outcomes for millions of individuals throughout society. In high impact, complex settings, it simply isn’t realistic to train a model up front with a single batch of training data and expect it to perform well in all possible scenarios - such a naïve approach will almost...

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Environmental impact and carbon cost of innovation: towards Green AI

AI has the potential to help us tackle the problems associated with climate change and the warming of our Earth. The closer we get to the precipice, the greater the urgency. This has helped fuel tremendous growth in AI projects throughout government and the public sector, where AI is being used to make more accurate climate change predictions or to intelligently power the infrastructure that could support lower emissions on a global scale. 

Amidst all this enthusiasm, the one thing often being...

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AI In Government: Considerations for Ethics and Responsibility

Decisions made by governments and other public sector organisations affect the lives of large numbers of people in profound ways every day. If considerations for ethics and responsibility are not made during the processes for designing, building, and implementing a solution with AI, unintended and unanticipated far-reaching consequences can be felt.

Mind Foundry recently collaborated with the Scottish Government on a project that requires the use of AI in the public sector to improve human...

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The future of AI in Health & Safety Is Now

Though the world is rapidly evolving with advances in AI and other technologies, the H&S sector is playing catch-up. It is relatively under-digitised, less connected, and has sometimes been slow to embrace meaningful digital transformation. It’s a highly competitive industry, on the cusp of a revolution driven by wide scale adoption of AI. 

Innovative stakeholders are finding new ways to use AI throughout their workflows right through to the job site. The most meaningful examples are the ones...

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