Tech for Good: UK Government AI inquiry, MIT's pipe-swimming robot, the Unreasonable Group, two Chinese stories and more

27th July 2017 Posted by: Sam Firman

Welcome to the Tech For Good Ten, where we share the best 10 links in the Tech For Good world from the past seven days.


We’re aiming to share a wide range of links, meeting the people behind the latest digital innovations, showcasing the greatest tech for good products, looking at the future of social change technology, and exploring the themes and social issues that technology is tackling locally and globally.


Most importantly, we’ll be meeting the people and institutions who are actually using this technology, showing the positive difference it makes in their lives, their communities and the world around them.


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Tech For Good Ten | 27.07.2017



1//  House of Lords Select Committee announces AI inquiry

The House of Lords Select Committee has announced that it will launch its first public inquiry into AI in order to consider the economic and social implications of the technology. The House of Lords want to better understand how technology giants use consumer data.


2//  MIT develops pipe-swimming repair robot

MIT has developed a small, pipe-swimming robot that can detect even very small leaks before they become catastrophes in any type of pipe. The robot resembles a shuttlecock and can easily be inserted into a water system through a fire hydrant. The robot is moved along the pipe by the flow of water and it logs its location as it goes.


3// Nesta announces 2017 Longitude Explorer Prize winners

Nesta has announced the winner and runners up of the 2017 Longitude Explorer Prize. This year’s prize challenged school pupils to use the Internet of Things to tackle health issues.


4//  Unreasonable Group: new tech-for-good hub

Unreasonable Group is a new online centrifuge for mission-driven entrepreneurs. It aims to become a hub of knowledge and support for ideas with the potential to solve important issues.


5//  2017 National Lottery Awards deadline tonight!

The deadline to vote in the 2017 National Lottery Awards is tonight! The Awards are an opportunity for social impact projects to win funding and BBC exposure, and include a number of projects with tech-related innovations.


6//  Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge seeks connectivity solutions

The Mozilla Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge seeks solutions that can provide connectivity in one of the most challenging situations: the immediate aftermath of a major disaster. There are two challenges, and the deadline is this November.


7//  China announces "unhackable" communications network

As malicious hackers mount ever more sophisticated attacks, China is about to launch a new, "unhackable" communications network - at least in the sense that any attack on it would be quickly detected. The technology it has turned to is quantum cryptography, a radical break from the traditional encryption methods around.


8// Chinese government considering predictive crime analytics

Another Chinese story now: China is looking into predictive analytics to help authorities stop suspects before a crime is committed. Minority Report, anybody? Authorities are using facial-recognition tech combined with predictive intelligence to notify police of potential criminals, based on their behaviour patterns. Tech for good or bad?


9//  Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange call for ideas

The Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange is an opportunity for organisations with innovative technologies to submit their ideas to the industry. There are four innovation challenges, and the deadline is 11th August.


10// Tech firm's employees volunteering to be chipped

Finally, on August 1st, employees at Three Square Market, a tech company in Wisconsin, can choose to have a chip the size of a grain of rice injected between their thumb and index finger. Once that is done, any task involving RFID technology — swiping into the office building, paying for food in the cafeteria — can be accomplished with a wave of the hand. Remarkably, more than 50 of 80 employees have already volunteered to the scheme.


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