Weekly Tech Round-Up #23

Here is all the tech news you need to know from the past week, sign up for our newsletter to receive this in your inbox every week. We also do a South West tech news update.

Amazon announces new £2.5m apprenticeship fund

On the 1st of June, Amazon announced that it is establishing a £2.5 million apprenticeship fund for a variety of tech roles across England. Amazon is planning for the creation of more than 200 apprenticeships before the end of the year, with positions currently available for such roles as cybersecurity technologist data analyst, visual effects artist, broadcast and media technician and AI data specialist. Small businesses selling on Amazon, as well as Amazon Web Services customers and smaller creative industry partners, will work directly with the company to take on apprentices via the levy transfer scheme.

“We are committed to supporting the UK’s economic recovery post-COVID,” said John Boumphrey, UK country manager, Amazon.

“This fund will give our partners, customers and small businesses in the Amazon ecosystem the opportunity to take on talented apprentices who will help those organisations grow.”

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How Tech is Changing Conservation

Not things you might associate with protecting animals. According to a report by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), the planet’s wildlife population has plummeted by 68% since 1970, with threats including things like poaching and loss of habitat. But around the world, animal conservation has evolved so it’s not just rangers and anti-poaching groups monitoring the wildlife of our world. So how is technology helping to modernise animal conservation? The most recent eye-catching example of technological innovation can be found in Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa, part of the huge Kruger National Park.

Camera phones mounted in protective cases streamed images of animals to people worldwide. Thousands sat comfortably at home, became virtual rangers with this anti-poaching pilot project, Wildlife Watch, by Balule, Samsung and Africam.

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Tech Companies Race to Perfect Artificial Intelligence

Google is currently leading a technology community that has moved away from a mobile-first strategy to one characterized by artificial intelligence interactions, regardless of device. The general ideas are to create AI experiences, regardless of device. The general idea is to create AI experiences that then become the enabler of monetization, locking users into platforms that will allow them to do everything from discovering information to making transactions. The hope for the future is that AI mechanisms will learn our preferences, wants, and needs before we do and make useful suggestions and transactions.

The hope for the future is that AI mechanisms will learn our preferences, wants, and needs before we do and make useful suggestions and transactions. Third-party business partners will be able to engage directly with consumers to harness the commercial conversation and drive it to a sale or increase advertising revenue.

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£166 million cash injection for green technology and 60,000 UK jobs

The green technology required to help the UK meet its world-leading climate targets has been given a £166.5 million cash injection, just 6 months on from the publication of the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. The multi-million pound investment, awarded to innovators, businesses, academics and heavy industry right across the UK, will accelerate the delivery of the critical game-changing technologies needed to further drive Britain’s climate change ambitions, while creating over 60,000 jobs across the UK.

The £166.5 million funding package announced today (Monday 24 May) will develop technologies in carbon capture, greenhouse gas removal and hydrogen, while also helping find solutions to decarbonise the UK’s polluting sectors including manufacturing, steel, energy and waste. This investment will help put the UK at the forefront of the green technologies of the future, while supporting British industries to lowers costs, remain competitive and protect jobs as they improve their energy efficiency and transition to a green economy.

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