Scientists to study impact of space weather on global communications

19 January 2018

The WISCER project uses shoebox-sized satellites known as CubeSats. Photo: Oxford Space Systems

 

The WISCER project uses shoebox-sized satellites known as CubeSats. Photo: Oxford Space Systems

 

In what’s being hailed as a world first, a new experiment to study the effects of space weather on global communications is being launched by the UK and US governments.

The Wideband Ionospheric Sounder CubeSat Experiment (WISCER) uses specially designed shoebox-sized satellites known as ‘CubeSats’. 

These have been designed to help scientists study the Earth’s upper atmosphere and find out how it impacts radio frequencies through space.

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The rise of the bot co-workers – we humans have nothing to fear

18 January 2018

Most UK business execs says they are comfortable with the introduction of intelligent machines in the workplace. Photo: D J Shin

Many business leaders in the UK say they are comfortable with the introduction of intelligent machines in the workplace. Photo: D J Shin

Businesses do not fear the emergence of robotic ‘co-workers,’ according to a new global study released by Pegasystems. 

The customer engagement software specialist asked 396 senior executives about their views on the increased role AI and automation will play in the future workplace.

The survey found that 86 per cent were comfortable with the introduction of machine ‘co-workers’ into the workplace.

More than two thirds (67 per cent) said that in the future they expected the term ‘workforce’ to cover both intelligent machines as well as humans. 

Pegasystem also discovered that the expectation AI will replace human workers in administrative roles is high – 70 per cent expect this to happen within 20 years. 

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Gloucestershire Constabulary protects local communities using real-time insights from data analytics

18 January 2018

Police will be able to use the data to monitor specific crime types on a postcode-by-postcode basis and identify hotspots.

Police will be able to use the data to monitor specific crime types on a postcode-by-postcode basis and target vulnerable areas.

Gloucestershire Constabulary is using analytics software in an effort to improve policing strategies, gain real-time insight into incidents, and identify crime hotspots. 

The force has deployed SAS’ Visual Analytics and Visual Statistics software to create automated reports and present the data on a set of dashboards. 

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Carphone Warehouse hit with huge fine for data security breach

10 January 2018

The retailer’s computer systems were compromised following a cyber attack in 2015.

The retailer’s computer systems were compromised following a cyber attack in 2015.

Carphone Warehouse has been fined £400,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for what was described as “serious failings” that placed customer and employee data at risk.

The retailer was issued with the penalty after one of its computer systems was compromised as a result of a cyber attack in 2015.

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