Scottish Widows pensions report

The answer of course is that there is no magic solution. It’s a rare 23 year old who thinks about being over 40, and retirement is an incomprehensible future away. Do you remember being 23? I do, and I remember struggling every month to pay the bills. When my boss suggested it would be a good idea to join the company pension scheme, not least because my employer would make contributions too, I said “No thanks”.

Three decades on of course I can see that I should have foregone a few drinks with my mates after work each week and…


Photo by Pierre Borthiry on Unsplash

Some of the artificial intelligence (AI) projects I’ve been working on lately have proved a bit too much for my seven year old HP laptop. When a seemingly straightforward project needs to be left running for 12 hours overnight in order to crunch hundreds of thousands of images through machine learning code, then you know you have a problem.

Not only that, but like so many people throughout these “working from home” times, I have been struggling with neck and shoulder pain so I wanted to try dictation using AI driven speech recognition software to see if that would be…


Terraced housing
Terraced housing
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My friend Helen has this crazy idea and crazy ideas can be infectious so now I have it too. Next door to where she lives there are two perfectly good four bedroom homes, but nobody lives in them. One has been empty for over a year whilst the owners are building an extension and modernising the inside before they move in; the owner of the other one has had to take a job in London so he will probably sell the house but wants to see how the job works out before he puts it on the market. …


Washington Capitol building — photo by Andy Feliciotti on Unsplash

The extraordinary scenes at Washington’s Capitol building on 6 January may produce enough consensus to lead to new regulations that curb the powers of Big Tech.

I’ve worked in Government relations for many years assisting businesses and not for profits to achieve their goals. Some people cast lobbying as malign but that vastly over-simplifies the task; civil servants and politicians can’t be experts in everything so they need to hear what life is really like for people and businesses to give them the full picture of how their decisions will impact on charities, jobs and prospects.

Whilst lobbying has a…


https://deepmind.com/blog/article/alphafold-a-solution-to-a-50-year-old-grand-challenge-in-biology

When my phone rang yesterday afternoon I wasn’t going to answer it. It’s like when you don’t want to be woken up because you know you’ll never get back to the dream you were having. I was working on a coding problem, retaining dozens of different threads in my mind of potential solutions: “If this bit works then next I’ll try this… but if the first bit doesn’t work, I’ll try this instead… or if the first and second bits work that could help the area I worked on yesterday to be better because…” You get the idea.

Against my…


Have your say in today’s poll on four ways AI is changing the world today.

Before I started studying my Masters degree in Artificial Intelligence & Data Science I thought I was pretty clued up on different ways AI is being used in daily life — from Amazon’s helpful (?) suggestions of what I might like to buy to Siri’s always on guidance. But I keep uncovering new ways this tech is changing the world right now and I’d love to know whether you think these are cool or creepy.

Check out the four stories below on the robot revolution that’s going on right now and then click on your choice in the poll…


An article in The Times today caught my eye with the headline “Your get up and go will have gone by 54”. I’ll be 54 next month so should I get ready to vegetate in a quiet corner?

One of the joys of being a university student again is the ease with which I can get hold of research journals online. …


I attended a fascinating lecture this week about ethics in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. Prof John Murray from the University of Hull shared with us the story of the Babylon Health app which uses AI to power a symptom checking chatbot.

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So far, so efficient but the Sunday Times story “It’s hysteria not a heart attack GP app tells women” revealed that that the chatbot gave different diagnoses for men and women entering the same potential heart attack symptoms. The men were told to go to A&E whereas the women were told they were probably having a panic attack…


My unread book pile keeps growing

The month since I left the security of an established career for the uncertainty of retraining in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science has gone by in a flash. I’m in the habit of being busy so my days are filled not only with the Masters study, but also with learning coding for website development, how to use online repositories like Github, studying for a post graduate qualification in corporate governance and probing the latest theories on the ethics of artificial intelligence. …


Will COVID cut short my education?

If you ever needed evidence that the digital divide is real, we saw proof in abundance when schools closed earlier this year and, whilst some benefited from lessons going on online, other children and young people missed out on their education because they didn’t have the laptops, phones or data connections to share in the online experience. Last week, on my first in-person workshop with my MSc group, COVID tried to cut short my education too. Let me tell you more…

I count my blessings every day that we have good internet connection at…

Sue Turner

Business executive, charity CEO, Post Grad student of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science with a passion for ethics & governance. https://bit.ly/3ck98w3

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