Nesta explores philanthropy and innovation

Nesta highlights how new technology is generating opportunities that have potential to radically transform the way that funders operate in the future.

Examples cited in the report include making use of machine learning to sift through funding applications quicker, creating alternative application systems to written applications, mobilising crowd intelligence, as well as accelerating progress towards more open access to data, which can be used to drive innovation.

Attitudes to new technologies across Europe

The study reports that UK adults tend to be moderately sceptical about new technology in comparison to its European counterparts.

Readie also notes several potential issues that may be holding people back in adopting new technologies, including lacking skills to actively use technology, absence of training, insecurity in relation to cybercrime, and job loss due to automation.

While the study concludes that UK public are not ready or equipped to make the most of the digital transformation, it also acknowledges potential for the government and business to be proactive.

Readie publishes study on Swedish attitudes towards digital technology

Readie, a digital policy centre managed by Nesta, has published a study on Swedish adults’ attitude towards digital technology.

The report states that Swedish adults are generally in favour of change and that young Swedish adults are more open to new technology.

However, the report also warns that Sweden risks complacency in keeping up with the speed of innovation through the adoption of new technology. The report recommends that the government and businesses should build confidence in people’s ability to interact with digital life – for instance by building digital skills.

The European Commission launches consultation on high performance computing in Europe.

This consultation, open between 3 August and 5 September 2017, aims to get stakeholders perspectives on topics around high performance computing in Europe, such as the challenges, its value, the objectives and the practical aspects of implementation.

The results from this will be used to develop Euro High Performance Computing (EuroHPC) initiative, which aims for Europe to have world class High Performance Computing technology available to the public and private sector. This legal instrument is planning to be introduced in 2018, with the HPC initiative adopted in 2019.

The Royal Society's report on machine learning and its potential for the UK

Recent years have seen great strides in machine learning and it is apparent that developments in machine learning will impact the future of work. People increasingly interact with systems that utilise machine learning such as image recognition systems, voice recognition and more. In this report, the Royal Society investigated public attitudes towards machine learning and identified that while most people were not aware of machine learning, they did know some of its applications. The results showed great diversity in the attitudes towards the use of machine learning depending on the application area and the report concluded that support for the vibrant field of research in machine learning can help ensure continued public confidence in the deployment of machine learning systems.

To view the report please use this link.