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Research by global mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has revealed the increasing importance of internet of things (IoT) in industrial applications, predicting that investment in IoT is set to overtake cloud computing, next generation security, big data analytics and other digital transformation technologies in the near future.
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More than 70% of executives say sustainability is a top-10 priority for their companies. Two-thirds of consumers will pay more for brands that commit to sustainability. And more than 70% of people prefer to work for a company that has a strong green footprint over one that doesn’t.
When people talk about a lack of diversity in technology, age discrimination is not the first issue to come to mind, but it’s one that is prolific across the UK’s tech sector.
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Earlier this month, during a presentation at London Tech Week, Mario Gruber, a research fellow at King’s College London, discussed the productivity gap that exists between those companies that are able to take advantage of digital technologies and those that lag behind.
While technology is regarded as a great enabler for smaller organisations, helping them to scale up and reach a wide customer base very quickly, many fail to reap the benefits that IT and advanced digital technologies can offer.
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Artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be the inventor of new patents, the UK Court of Appeal has ruled.
Patents assign the ownership of a new invention to its creator.
At its core, the argument is about whether a law written for human inventors can be applied to machines.
The appeal court ruled against Stephen Thaler, creator of a system called Dabus, who took a case against the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) which refused patents to his AI.
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A financial technology firm has said recruiting "BAME trailblazers" helps to increase innovation in the sector.
Seccl in Bath said it had increased its number of paid summer internships from three to seven to encourage the next generation of technology leaders.
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The most innovative NHS trusts continue to look for new ways to use digital and tech to improve patient care and Northumbria Healthcare is a great example. It’s aiming to transform pathology services across Northumberland and North Tyneside as part of its digital strategy using a new hosted laboratory information management system (LIMS) from CliniSys.
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Changes are afoot in the world of UK Government procurement frameworks. This was highlighted by Crown Commercial Services’ publication of a Prior Information Notice (PIN) last week for a new framework: Digital Specialists and Programmes.
Last week the Ministry of Defence (MoD) formally came out to tender for its Armed Forces Recruiting Programme (AFRP), an outsourcing arrangement designed to support the recruitment of between 18,000 to 22,000 (Regular and Reserves) new recruits from the UK and the Commonwealth. The MoD has put an estimated value on the contract of just over £1.4bn over 10 years, making it probably the largest recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) deal in Europe.
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