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In the film ‘Back to the Future II’, Doc Brown tells our hero Marty McFly: “the justice system works swiftly in the future now that they've abolished all lawyers.” Doc was referencing an imagined 2015, but in 2016 lawyers are far from being abolished. The legal profession, traditionally slow to embrace technology, is now at least partly embracing the opportunities associated with algorithm driven computer technology. At either end of the opinion spectrum there are two main schools of thought: 1) AI spells the end of the legal profession versus 2) AI provides the profession with opportunities it should embrace.

Datafest 2017 is an international summit held across two days, March 23rd and 24th, in Edinburgh Scotland. The focus of the summit is to hear from international experts, innovators and other key players to consider the impact that data has on society at large. The hashtag #DataChangesEverything which the festival was announced under is a clear example of the scope and ambitions of the festival, which is organised by Data Labs.

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re:infer is a spin out from the machine learning research group at University College London. We met each other through David Barber a lecturer in machine learning at UCL. I [Ed] did my PhD with David, that’s where I met Marius who started his PhD with David a few years later.

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The problem of assessing the effectiveness of publishing on social media is not a lack of measurement, but rather a paradox of choice: there are so many metrics, but no clear consensus on what the best metric for gauging the effectiveness of the platform might be.

Company Connecting’s Artificial Intelligence Infographic takes a look at the information Company Connecting has on AI companies and their characteristics i.e. skills, size, sectors, and main focus areas. Included in our Artificial Intelligence infographic are companies with related skills including Big Data, Analytics and Machine Learning.

We’re into our second week of our spotlight on Artificial Intelligence here at Company Connecting, and next, we bring you an interview with UK based AI company, Stepsize. Stepsize helps to put software developer’s code into context, and in turn helps them develop better software in less time.  

‘Machine learning is all around us; on our phones, powering social networks, helping the police and doctors, scientists and mayors. But how does it work? In this animation we take a look at how statistics and computer science can be used to make machines that learn. ‘

Good social media marketing tools need to take into account your audience — or they will inevitably lead you astray.

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Despite the huge growth of knowledge, scientific discovery has not changed for 50 years.  It’s impossible for humans alone to process all the information potentially available to advance scientific research.  A new scientific paper is published every 30 seconds, there are 10,000 updates to PubMed every day.  Consequently, only a small fraction of globally generated scientific information can form ‘useable’ knowledge.  Specifically, in Pharma innovation has not changed (cost, time & risk – still applying 20th Century methods to 21st Century problems) and is not meeting the needs of patients – patients are unnecessarily waiting for new medicines.

BenevolentAI are applying its proprietary AI technology to change this problem by enabling the analysis of vast quantities of complex scientific information and creating usable knowledge that can be applied.

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Our infographic on Scottish IT companies has attracted a lot of attention. Questions were raised about our information and how it may compare with other views of the Scottish IT industry.  One area of interest was that our stats show the IT sector as the biggest customer sector for IT companies.

Pi chart accompanying the Company Connecting article Scottish IT Companies Servicing the IT Industry