Expleo has announced details of its partnership with National Museums NI that helped the organisation gain a better picture of the visitor journey at the Ulster Museum using Wi-Fi data. After assessing National Museums NI’s goal to develop a more visitor-centric experience through digital transformation, the tech company - who has an office in Belfast - helped National Museums NI harness raw Wi-Fi data to inform the flow of visitors around the Ulster Museum.
Researchers with Google's quantum computing division just published a study to the pre-print server ArXiv claiming to have created physics-defying "Time Crystals" using the company's Sycamore quantum computer, and it's honestly impossible to say how big of a deal this might turn out to be. As Quanta Magazine explains, a time crystal is both stable and constantly in flux, with definable states repeating at predictable intervals without ever dissolving into a state of total randomness.
Apple has announced details of a system to find child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on US customers' devices. Before an image is stored onto iCloud Photos, the technology will search for matches of already known CSAM. Apple said that if a match is found a human reviewer will then assess and report the user to law enforcement. However there are privacy concerns that the technology could be expanded to scan phones for prohibited content or even political speech.
Belfast-based technology company Syndeo has secured significant funding from Innovate UK to help improve university students’ well-being and overall learning experience in the COVID-19 era. Syndeo, which specialises in artificial intelligence (AI) enabled customer communications solutions was selected above thousands of applicants by Innovate UK to receive almost £300,000 in funding.
CISA taps Amazon, Microsoft, Google and other tech firms for new cybersecurity initiative. The US government has announced that it will partner with Amazon, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies as part of a new initiative aimed at bolstering the country's cyber defenses. The initiative, called the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC), will see the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) work alongside leading technology providers, cybersecurity firms and telecoms to create and execute new cyber defense operations plans.