Today’s world: Health cyber security; AI vs cancer; UK edtech aid; stolen VR tech
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What's happening in the world of engineering and technology?
In the UK:
New EV delivery van finally revealed
The electric delivery van (at which E&T managed to get a peek at this week's EV infrastructure launch, held at the IET's Savoy Place HQ), has now been formally unveiled. It is based on the classic Black Cab, but is electric.
QS World University Ranking 2020 is out and top British universities are sliding further off the top rankings
Brexit and the financial squeeze affecting universities appear to be taking a toll on Britain’s universities. The latest international university league table compiled by data and research group QS downgrades two-thirds of the 84 UK universities ranked in the top 1,000, following similar declines in 2016 and 2017. Meanwhile, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, has surfaced as the best institution in the 2020 QS World University Ranking in India. E&T recently explored how Chinese universities are luring Western students with tech scholarships, in order to boost their institutional status.
£20m of UK aid is going to be spent on EdTech Hub
UK aid work with British universities, researchers and education experts from around the world to build the largest-ever education technology research and innovation project, according to to a press release by the government.
Meanwhile, in the US:
Backslash on Facebook's cryptocurrency from high ranks
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, demanded on Tuesday that Facebook pauses its development of Libra - an open-source digital currency that people will be able to use to transfer money to peers or merchants over the internet - which Facebook aims to release in 2020.
Fixing street signs with Street View
New AI system manages road infrastructure via Google Street View: geospatial scientists have developed a new program to monitor street signs needing replacement or repair by tapping into Google Street View images.
Possible big blow against social media firms
Senator Josh Hawley asserted that big tech companies have failed to hold up its end of the bargain that gave them 'complete exemption from traditional publisher liability for providing a forum free of political censorship'. The well known tech critic, introduced on Wednesday legislation that would remove liability immunity for user-posted content that tech companies such as Facebook and YouTube receive under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Court shares verdict on New Zealand man with 'strong and unrepentant views about the Muslim community' who shared the video of mosque shooting
Philip Arps, a New Zealand citizen, was sentenced to nearly two years in prison on Tuesday for sharing a video of the terrorist attack in March 2019 that left 51 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch, NZ.
American VR startup accuses ex-employee of stealing augmented reality technology for a Chinese company
Magic Leap, a mysterious maker of augmented reality glasses, has filed a lawsuit accusing a former employee of stealing its technology to create a similar device for China.
Chinese tech workers living in the US say they feel the pressure
In the wake of the trade war with China, workers of Chinese descent in America’s technology sector face a backlash, a new survey has found.
Answering the question, "Do you predict negative consequences for people connected to China/perceived to be Chinese due to the US-China trade war and Huawei concerns?", more than 60 per cent of Chinese employees answered this with "Yes" or "Already happening".
In the world of health and technology:
Medical implants are vulnerable to cyber attacks and should be developed with security in mind to help protect patients, experts suggest.
IOT and AI, two of the biggest tech buzz words to aid cancer testing
A small device that uses the power of AI could spell the end of painful endoscopic examinations for colon cancer patients, scientists believe.
Overstating the risk for truckers to be driven off the road by automation
Automation is unlikely to wipe out truck driving jobs, despite them always being cited as one of the next jobs to go, a study suggests. There are two reasons for this. The count of truck drivers would often be inflated due to a misunderstanding of the occupational classification system used in federal statistics. Truck drivers also do more than drive and these non-driving tasks will continue to be in demand, the study stated.
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