Freedom to troll?

It has destroyed lives, been held responsible for putting women off politics, fuelling racism and flooding trusted media streams with fake news. With a recent poll from Amnesty International revealing that 64% of the women surveyed believe ‘online abuse or harassment of women is common nowadays’, it’s clear that trolling is here to stay. Yet… Read more

What does AI mean for the Turing?

From the recent House of Lords AI report to the government AI Sector Deal yesterday, it’s been a busy time for artificial intelligence. We ask our Programme Director for Artificial Intelligence, Adrian Weller, to tell us more about what AI means to him and his vision for the Turing’s programme of research. Artificial intelligence (AI)… Read more

Can ethics and law help build trust in artificial intelligence?

Algorithms are being used to make decisions across many areas of public life, including healthcare, the criminal justice system, social services, politics and financial services. Against this backdrop, legal and ethical frameworks which ensure that artificial intelligence systems are explainable, safe and fair need to be developed urgently. This was the consensus reached by a… Read more

A data revolution for all

The big data revolution is changing everything. Along with increasing computing power, data is the engine of data science and artificial intelligence (AI). It is having an impact across social and economic life, whether that’s through social media, new forms of public service delivery or the transformation of industries and, especially, employment. The UK government’s… Read more

How to write a great Data Study Group application by Kirstie Whitaker

Back in November, I headed home from the office early and opened up 130 applications for the Data Study Group which coming up in December 2017. Some of the applications were outstanding. We had students from mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, political science, psychology and philosophy. There were data scientists working in startups and… Read more

New defence and security projects tackling important problems, from cyber security to civil conflict

The defence and security programme at The Alan Turing Institute is at the cutting edge of data science research, working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Defence, GCHQ, Dstl, and Joint Forces Command. The long-term projects in this programme – understanding conflict in high-risk populations, revolutionising data analytics with AI, and prototyping innovative cloud-based… Read more

News and highlights in 2017

It has been a significant year of growth and achievement for The Alan Turing Institute. In this post we share some of our favourite news and stories from 2017.