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UK report urges action to combat AI bias

The need for diverse development teams and truly representational data-sets to avoid biases being baked into AI algorithms is one of the core recommendations in a lengthy Lords committee report looking into the economic, ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence, and published today by the upper House of the UK parliament. “The main ways to address these kinds of biases are to ensure that developers are drawn from diverse gender, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and are aware of, and adhere to, ethical codes of conduct,” the committee writes, chiming with plenty of extant commentary around algorithmic accountability. “It is essential that ethics take centre stage in AI’s development and use,” adds committee chairman, Lord Clement-Jones, in a statement. “The UK has a ...

Ad king Sir Martin Sorrell steps down from WPP following misconduct investigation

There’s big news in the world of advertising. Sir Martin Sorrell has stepped down from WPP, the world’s largest ad business. Sorrell had been in the midst of an unspecified investigation about “personal misconduct and misuse of company assets.” He has denied the allegations. WPP provided us with the following statement. “Sir Martin Sorrell has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of WPP with immediate effect. Robert Quarta, Chairman of WPP, becomes Executive Chairman until the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer…Sir Martin will be available to assist with the transition. The previously announced investigation into an allegation of misconduct against Sir Martin Sorrell has concluded. The allegation did not involve amounts that are material…Sir Martin will be treated as having re...

London sets out safety-first plan for regulating ride-sharing

After London sent ripple’s of shock through Silicon Valley last year, by denying Uber a renewal of its private hire vehicle license, the city’s transport regulator is doubling down on its scrutiny of the impact of app-based ride operators. Today it’s published a policy statement setting out its intentions for adapting transport regulations to fit the fast-changing private hire vehicle sector. And chief among its stated priorities is the safety and welfare of passengers and drivers. “Safety will be a particular focus in new or novel areas where there is little existing evidence of what happens in practice,” TfL writes in its policy document. “Maintaining high standards of safety is the top priority and operators should clearly demonstrate this. “That means setting out clear policies and act...

Forget Big Ben — These Hot Tub Boats Are What You Want To Do In London

As one of the most tourist-heavy cities in the world, London has all sorts of amenities and sights to see, but there’s one thing to do there that even seasoned tourists definitely haven’t yet done. A blissful boat ride down scenic waterways and lounging in hot tubs are both great ways to relax, but what if you could do both at the same time? Well now you can! HotTugs are officially available to rent now. Up to seven people can all lounge within the boat, with the water reaching up to 100 degrees. Now you can cruise down the city’s Regent’s Canal soaking in the sights….and soaking in the water. Champagne is also included with each boat ride. Source 1 Don’t worry about having to paddle, either, as each boat is fitted with a motor that leaves you with nothing to do except sip and sightsee. Ea...

PHOTOS: Osinbajo delivers speech at FTA summit in London

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday delivered a keynote speech at the Financial Times Africa Summit in London. See photos: Osinbajo delivering speech at FTA summit in London (Visited 401 times, 401 visits today)

Tour reveals shady Nigerian cash behind London luxury homes

In a bid to expose the murky Nigerian money lurking behind some of London’s most high-end properties, anti-corruption campaigners are offering an unusual property tour of the British capital. Ikoyi cash seized by EFCC As the coach carrying journalists and campaigners winds through luxurious west London, experts revealed the hidden world of misused public funds, unexplained wealth and the British “enablers” who make it happen. The coach’s first stop was the multi-million pound home of “one of the biggest political movers” currently operating in Nigeria, who was named in the so-called “Panama Papers” leak that revealed the holders of offshore accounts in the tax haven. One of the expert guides, journalist and author Oliver Bullough, said London had become the “Death Star...

London: Six injured in suspected acid attack

Six people were believed to have been injured on Saturday after a group of males reportedly sprayed acid in series of attacks. The attacks which occurred in an area around a shopping center in east London, was not being treated as terror-related, a police spokesman said. The attacks occurred near the Stratford Centre, in Stratford, police said. Earlier they had said the incident took place around the bigger Westfield shopping center which is nearby. “A number of people have been reported injured at different locations – believed to be six people. We await further details,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement. One male was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, the statement said. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. (1900 GMT), it said. Phot...

Buhari leaves New York for London

By Johnbosco AgbakwuruABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari left New York Thursday after participating in the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly to London, the United Kingdom. President Buhari checked out of his hotel Millennium Tower New York accommodation at about 8.05am for JFK International Airport for his journey the London. President Muhammadu Buhari departs the US after a successful outing at the UNGA72 held in New York. Recall that the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina had in a statement before the President left Abuja last weekend said that Buhari will go to London from New York after the UNGA. It was not clear what his mission to London is or how long the president would stay there but he had recently returned...