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British start-up strikes deal with Bosch to build robot fruit pickers

British start-up strikes deal with Bosch to build robot fruit pickers

Bosch has partnered with amid fears future lockdowns could worsen labour shortages in the field.Fieldwork was spun out of the University of Plymouth and earlier this year raised £298,000 in its first funding round.Its robot works by using artificial intelligence to identify ripe raspberries and then plucking the fruit from the vine and depositing it in a punnet.Up until now, though, and Bosch's expertise should help the start-up reduce the cost of the robots and increase their speed. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, there had already been an increasing shortage of labour to pick crops and...

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July 6, 2020
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Australia spends £750m on cyber defence amid rising tensions with China

Australia spends £750m on cyber defence amid rising tensions with China

Australia will hire 500 cyber spies and spend more than £750m on bulking up its cyber defences after the country was hit by a series of state-backed cyber attackers earlier this year. Prime minister Scott Morrison unveiled the A$1.35bn (£750m) package on Tuesday – the largest ever investment in cyber defence by the nation.“The federal government’s top priority is protecting our nation’s economy, national security and sovereignty," he said. “Malicious cyberactivity undermines that.”It comes just weeks after had been attempting to hack into businesses, critical infrastructure, essential...

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June 30, 2020
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Coding that led to lockdown was 'totally unreliable' and a 'buggy mess', say experts

Coding that led to lockdown was 'totally unreliable' and a 'buggy mess', say experts

The Covid-19 modelling that sent Britain into lockdown, shutting the economy and leaving millions unemployed, has been slammed by a series of experts.was derided as “totally unreliable” by leading figures, who warned it was “something you wouldn’t stake your life on".The model, credited with forcing the Government to make a U-turn and introduce a nationwide lockdown, is a “buggy mess that looks more like a bowl of angel hair pasta than a finely tuned piece of programming”, says David Richards, co-founder of British data technology company WANdisco.“In our commercial reality, we would fire...

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