Friday Tech Round Up – Episode 85

Marketing 20th September 2021

And we’re back in the front of the camera for another episode of the Friday Tech Round Up!

Each week we say lights, camera, action and report on the biggest piece of tech news from the past week. From chatting about end-to-end encryption drawbacks and a pause in AI advances, to amazing healthcare innovations and Financial Services Data Clouds.

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Friday Tech Round Up 85


Financial Services Data Cloud

Snowflake has launched the Financial Services Data Cloud to Accelerate Customer-Centric and Data-Driven Innovation in the Financial Services Industry.

This new service unites Snowflake’s industry-tailored platform governance capabilities, partner-delivered solutions, and industry-critical datasets to enable organisations to accelerate their top-line growth and innovation while mitigating risk.

With approximately 57% of Financial Services firms in the Fortune 500 using Snowflake, this will enable users to take advantage of Snowflake’s unique global and cross-cloud data sharing capabilities.


Moratorium on AI

The UN high commissioner on human rights has called for a moratorium on the sale and use of AI systems that pose a serious risk to human rights as a matter of urgency.

The commissioner has said this should be put in place at least until adequate safeguards are implemented, also calling for an outright ban on AI applications that cannot be used in compliance with international human rights law.


Tech giants making it harder to stop terrorists

The Met Commissioner, Dame Cressida Rose Dick DBE QPM, has said that Tech giants are hindering efforts to stop terrorists.

It has been reported that tech companies’ focus on end-to-end encryption technology is making it harder – if not impossible – to identify and stop terrorists.

Cressida says that terrorist groups are now exploiting platforms “to reach, recruit and inspire anyone, anywhere and at any time through social media and the internet.”


Virtual wards to be a core part of healthcare

Doccla, a virtual ward start-up, has secured £2.4m to further develop technology.

Doccla uses remote medical monitoring to care from home, alleviating the pressure on hospitals and enabling the early discharge of patients.

They have so far achieved a 29% reduction in Emergency Admissions and a 20% reduction in A&E attendance, sparking hope that virtual hospitals will one day be a core part of modern healthcare.


Advances in cancer detection

And finally, number five, Trials of a simple blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear are being rolled out in the NHS.

The Galleri test can detect cancers that are not routinely screened for and can pinpoint where in the body the disease is coming from with a high degree of accuracy.


ECS shoutouts:

Our latest blog by Sean Robertson discusses the demand for data modernisation, the challenges businesses face to address this demand and the importance of a North Star for those on their journey.

There’s still time to register your interest for our Amazon Connect Immersion Lab on the 28th and 29th September, in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

We’ve also dropped a link to UK Tech News top 10 tech startups who have contributed greatly to the booming tech scene in Scotland, operating across industries such as spacetech, cybersecurity, and more.

That’s all for now – make sure to come back next week for even more tech news!

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