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Small and agile or large and powerful: size matters

Businesses must ask themselves, where does data science fit? There has been much hype around data science, and in particular recently about artificial intelligence (AI), with Google’s DeepMind announcing that its programme AlphaGo is able to “create knowledge itself”, and Accenture Research and Frontier Economics suggesting that AI can enable 38 per cent profit gains […]

How the cloud is making R&D easier

  Industries underpinned by scientific processes – from pharmaceuticals to oil refining – have seen huge efficiency improvements from the digital revolution. Labour intensive processes once requiring endless experimentation can now largely be done in silico, with much greater efficiency, whilst also opening up new avenues for research beyond the capabilities of manual labour. Sophisticated […]

Can we trust AI to make decisions?

AI is going to make our lives easier by automating repetitive tasks, releasing resources to focus on higher-value tasks and removing the subjectivity from a human judgement call. Yet, sometimes it goes wrong – people are denied visas, wrongly sent bills and stopped at airports all because AI has mistaken them for someone else. Compounding […]

R&D externalisation: getting the IT right

Part 2 of 2: The complex relationships between researchers and their data R&D intensive companies are increasingly interested in externalising their research: working with laboratories outside their company walls through commercial and academic collaborations and alliances. But greater openness carries greater risks. In an increasingly data-driven R&D environment ensuring the company investing in the research […]

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