29 October 2023

The Futures bright

… but blue not orange!

For AI enthusiasts and the not-so-enthusiastic of you out there here’s a big report all about AI, where it is currently, and where it’s heading. They claim that most of their predictions from last year have come to fruition although as they are VCs involved in the report that’s possibly because it’s what they are funding. We won’t copy it out for you as it’s a hefty 160 slides but it certainly makes for some interesting reading.

State of AI Report 2023

The State of AI Report analyses the most interesting developments in AI. We aim to trigger an informed conversation about the state of AI and its implications for the future. The Report is produced by AI investors Nathan Benaich and the Air Street Capital team.

AI Institute reports

While we’re talking AI (again) the AI institute also has various reports and predictions if the above report only whetted your appetite! Check them out here

Online Safety Bill

And it would be rude not to mention that The Online Safety Bill received Royal Assent on 26 October 2023.

The Online Safety Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 17 March 2022.

The Government has said the Bill delivers its “manifesto commitment to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online while defending free expression”.

What does the Online Safety Bill aim to do?

The Bill has five policy objectives:

  • to increase user safety online.
  • to preserve and enhance freedom of speech online.
  • to improve law enforcement’s ability to tackle illegal content online.
  • to improve users’ ability to keep themselves safe online.
  • to improve society’s understanding of the harm landscape.

Policy background to the Bill, as it was originally introduced, is set out in the Library briefing, Analysis of the Online Safety Bill (PDF)(8 April 2022). 

OpenAI chief scientist interview

There is also an interview from MIT with Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI’s chief scientist, on his hopes and fears for the future of AI

He is certain that machines will one day be as smart as humans. This could, in his opinion, automate health care, make it a thousand times cheaper and a thousand times better, cure diseases, or actually solve global warming. But the problem with a technology that doesn’t exist is that you can say whatever you want about it. Read our exclusive interview.

The download from MIT

Blue Earth Summit

For those of you who are more interested in saving the world and who didn’t make the Blue Earth Summit last week – they’ve handily shared a video about it

And for David Olusoga fans out there – he did a very interesting talk which they’ve also shared, very interesting in relation to diversity.

2023 Blue Earth Lecture: Professor David Olusoga OBE   The inaugural 2023 Blue Earth Lecture was given by producer, presenter and best-selling author, Professor David Olusoga OBE. In his session, David laid down Britain’s complex history with the outdoors, pinpointing the year we became disconnected from nature and how this continues to influence our society today.  Couldn’t join us at Blue Earth this year? Watch the recording online now.    WATCH NOW

And there’s also an interesting piece from MIT on the same subject

MIT Technology Review’s 15 Climate Tech Companies to Watch features the latest technical advances and solutions that aim to reduce emissions and address the threat of global warming. From nuclear fusion to cow-free burgers, these businesses show the greatest potential to combat climate change.





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