Press release: UK and France to strengthen ties in AI and data

first_img The UK is a digital dynamo, increasingly recognised across the world as a place where ingenuity and innovation can flourish. We are home to four in ten of Europe’s tech businesses worth more than $1 billion and London is the AI capital of Europe. France is also doing great work in this area, and these new partnerships show the strength and depth of our respective tech industries and are the first stage in us developing a closer working relationship. This will help us better serve our citizens and provide a boost for our digital economies. Alan Wilson, CEO of The Alan Turing Institute, said: Digital Secretary Matt Hancock will today visit Paris to announce a package of measures to strengthen ties between the UK and France’s digital industries.The aim is to boost both countries’ digital economies and forge closer links between cutting-edge companies from both nations.Mr Hancock will address a landmark bilateral conference on data and the digital economy alongside his French counterpart, Mounir Mahjoubi. He will confirm the UK’s world-leading centre for AI and data, The Alan Turing Institute, is signing an agreement with the French institute, DATAIA, to promote collaboration between the French and British sectors.It will see the two organisations pursue collaborative research in areas of shared interest – for example, in fairness and transparency in the design and implementation of algorithms.They will also work together to share expertise, paving the way for visiting researchers to spend time at each Institute and hosting joint workshops and funding calls.At the UK-France Digital Colloque – a summit of more than 350 businesses, researchers and officials from both countries – Mr Hancock and Mr Majoubi will also sign an accord on digital government. This will commit to extending their cooperation in the digital sector – on innovation, artificial intelligence, data and digital administration.Mr Hancock will also confirm London-based Entrepreneur First, a beacon for the UK’s excellence in developing tech talent, is to continue its global expansion with a new Paris office. He will also bang the drum for British tech and promote the opportunities for business-to-business collaboration at a breakfast meeting with business leaders.Digital Secretary Matt Hancock said: New agreement will see countries’ leading research centres deepen collaboration National governments sign five-year accord to work together to improve digital services London start-up accelerator Entrepreneur First to open fifth international office in Paris Matt Clifford, EF co-founder and CEO, said:center_img EF exists to enable the world’s most ambitious people build extraordinary companies. It was founded in London, where we’ve already helped spark the development of high growth companies from scratch. As we continue our global expansion we’re looking forward to working with France’s future founders and strengthening the ties between business and investors in both countries. The fundamental goal behind all our research is to build a data and AI enriched world for the benefit of all. In order to do this, it is critical to forge international collaborations and share our knowledge, expertise and ideas with other research centres around the world. The Institute and DATAIA both share a vision for building research in data science and AI which crosses disciplinary boundaries and recognises the societal implications of data and algorithms. It is a pleasure to kickstart this engagement and we look forward to working with them to advance UK and French excellence in this area. Notes to editorsDigital ColloqueThe UK and France are world leaders in the digitisation of public services and are developing a data ecosystem which supports policy makers, corporates and startups using data from across the spectrum of closed, shared and open data.The Digital Colloque will see leading policymakers and industry experts discuss the technologies revolutionizing the world.It follows the commitment made by the President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Theresa May during the France-UK Summit in January 2018 to boost cooperation in these fields.This Colloque builds on the success of the inaugural UK France Data Summit 2017 in London and the UK-France Summit in Sandhurst in January 2018, where both countries agreed to foster bilateral discussions on digital issues.It comes ahead of the French presidency of the G7 in 2019 and British presidency in 2021 to promote their shared vision on Global challenges.More than 350 businesses, researchers and officials from both the UK and France are due to attend the Colloque.Entrepreneur FirstEntrepreneur First (EF) was founded in London in 2011 by Matt Clifford and Alice Bentinck to connect the world’s most ambitious technologists to the best investors globally. EF’s bespoke programme, the first of its kind in the world, helps outstanding individuals to find co-founders and investment, and build high growth technology companies from scratch.Entrepreneur First, started in London in 2011, is a beacon for the UK’s excellence in developing tech talent, and already has sites in Singapore, Berlin and Hong Kong.Its alumni include Magic Pony Technology, led by Rob Bishop and Zehan Wang, which was acquired by Twitter for £150m. Magic Pony’s founders, Rob Bishop and Zehan Wang, studied together at Imperial College, and met at Entrepreneur First.To date EF – which opened its Singapore office in 2016 and this year opened in Berlin and Hong Kong – has helped over 1,000 individuals build over 150 companies with a total valuation of over $1 billion. EF’s companies have been funded by some of the world’s leaving venture investors in Europe and Silicon Valley.And EF itself has also raised from some of the world’s best investors,including Reid Hoffman (founder of LinkedIn), Demis Hassabis (founder of DeepMind), Greylock Partners, Mosaic Ventures, Founders Fund, Lakestar and more.last_img read more

Space Carnival Premieres New Studio Session Video For “Prince Rebus”

first_imgIthaca based psychedelic jam quartet Space Carnival recently announced an extensive Spring Tour. Starting with a week-long run in central New York, including a date with Broccoli Samurai in Oneonta, Space Carnival will then be touring for two weeks in the Midwest, sharing stages with Desmond Jones and Digeometric before coming back to the Northeast for a run of regional shows. Among these is April 20th at The Westcott in Syracuse, NY with Infected Mushroom, April 12th at The Haunt in Ithaca, NY with Dopapod, April 13th at Bourbon & Branch in Philadelphia, PA with Formula 5, and April 28th at The Hangar in Troy, NY with Mister F.Check out the full list of dates below as well as a video of their new song “Prince Rebus” from their recent Sub Rosa Session at Sub Cat Studios in Syracuse NY.Space Carnival Tour Dates3.14 | Rochester, NY | Abilene3.15 | Syracuse, NY | Al’s Wine & Whiskey3.16 | Oneonta, NY | The Waterfront3.18 | Norwich, NY | Rita’s Tavern3.19 | Hector, NY | Two Goats Brewing3.29 | Westerville, OH | Fenders3.30 | Louisville, KY | Time & Space3.31 | Kokomo, IN | The Coterie4.01 | St. Louis, MO | Pop’s Blue Moon4.02 | Overland Park, KS | Local Tap4.03 | Des Moines, IA | Lefty’s4.06 | Chicago, IL | Emporium Wicker Park4.07 | Mount Pleasant, MI | Rubble’s Bar4.08 | Grand Rapids, MI | Tip Top4.09 | Cincinnati, OH | Stanley’s Pub4.12 | Ithaca, NY | The Haunt4.13 | Philadelphia, PA | Bourbon & Branch4.14 | Nyack, NY | Olive’s4.15 | Port Jeff Station, NY | LI Pour House4.20 | Syracuse, NY | Westcott Theatre4.21 | Plattsburgh, NY | The Monopole4.22 | Burlington, VT | Radio Bean4.26 | Portland, ME | Flask4.27 | Manchester, NH | Penuche’s4.28 | Troy, NY | The Hangarlast_img read more

Renfe fares restructured

first_imgJune 16 saw the start of 220 km/h Euromed service on the Barcelona – Alicante corridor (p447) and the introduction of a new fares structure by Renfe’s Long Distance business unit, to be extended to sleeping car and couchette travel in September. The previous pricing regime based on a calendar of ’white’ (peak) and ’blue’ (off-peak) days, where ticket prices increased according to demand, has been modified to abolish ’white’ days. Return tickets for travel at any time now enjoy a 20% discount; this reduction had only applied if both legs of the journey were to be made the same day, with other return tickets discounted by 10%. The price difference between first and second class travel has been reduced, with first class fares now some 30% more expensive than second class; this difference had been as large as 81% in some cases. olast_img read more

Boys’ basketball: Four Hancock County teams notch season-opening wins

first_imgELLSWORTH — Four Hancock County high school boys’ basketball teams kicked off their seasons with strong performances. Ellsworth, Bucksport, George Stevens Academy and Mount Desert Island all won their season-openers.GSA 69, Piscataquis 43GSA used a balanced scoring attack to defeat Piscataquis and gain its second victory of the season on Tuesday.GSA’s Taylor Schildroth led all scorers with 14 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Other GSA scorers included Will Entwistle (12 points) and Beckett Slayton (10 points). Nick Szwez, Max Mattson and Khemani Peasley each contributed eight points.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport 60, Sumner 49Riley MacLeod tallied 18 points and Tyler Pye added 16 to lead Bucksport past Sumner on Tuesday.Chase Carmichael and Tanner Stegner each chipped in 10 points for Bucksport.Issiac Christiansen led Sumner with 18 points.Searsport 44, DI-S 43 (OT)Barrent Grant scored 15 points to help Searsport nip Deer Isle-Stonington in overtime on Tuesday.Paul Zoephel and Mason Oliver each scored 10 points for DI-S.GSA 82, DI-S 49Taylor Schildroth hit four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to propel GSA by DI-S on Saturday.Khalede Clark chipped in with 13 points for GSA.Elliott Nevells led DI-S with nine points.Ellsworth 63, Foxcroft 57Bruce St. Peter tallied 13 points to lead Ellsworth past Foxcroft on Saturday.Zach Harris and Nick Bagley each contributed 12 points.WA 64, Sumner 50Washington Academy used a 25-6 third quarter to erase a six-point halftime deficit en route to the win over Sumner on Saturday.Alex O’Hara led Sumner with 16 points, and Jordan Bernier chipped in 11.MDI 72, Old Town 58Russell Kropff’s game-high 23 points led MDI past Old Town on Saturday.Bucksport 35, Searsport 24Tyler Pye recorded 11 points Riley McLeod grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Bucksport to victory on Friday.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola’s mother dies after coronavirus infection

first_imgBARCELONA (Reuters) – The mother of Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has died after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the English Premier League champions said on Monday.“The Manchester City family are devastated to report the death today of Pep’s mother Dolors Sala Carrió in Manresa, Barcelona after contracting coronavirus. She was 82-years-old,” City said in a post on their official Twitter account.“Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.”Guardiola, who has also coached Barcelona and Bayern Munich and spent most of his playing career with Barca, donated one million euros ($1.08 million) last month to fight against the virus, contributing to a campaign launched by the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation and Medical College of Barcelona.last_img read more