Risk Digest: Artificial Intelligence machine v Human Beings

BT fined £77,000 for nuisance emails, a debate between an artificial intelligence (AI) machine and human beings, 60% of UK employees cannot identify symptoms of common mental health conditions.

Data Protection

Information Security

“BT has been fined £77,000 by the information watchdog after it sent nearly five million nuisance emails to customers.” Read the full article here.


“Google has said it plans to release a patch for an issue with Google Home and Chromecast, two of its most popular consumer devices, that could allow websites to determine users’ exact location.” Read the full article here.

Health & Safety

“A Devon based construction company has been fined after placing employees and members of the public at risk of serious injury by failing to suitably maintain their fleet of lorry mounted elevated work platforms (MEWP).” Read the full article here.

“A roofing contractor who was employed by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has been prosecuted following safety breaches that led to an employee falling through a roof light.” Read the full article here.


“The food and drink industry is urging the government to take swift action amid a continuing shortage of CO2.” Read the full article here.


“The warm weather has returned, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for a barbecue. April and May were both relatively hot, and the warm weather is on course to remain, so there will be plenty of opportunity to cook up a storm in the garden this summer.” Read the full article here.


“MPs are to investigate the environmental impact of throwaway “fast fashion” in the UK amid growing concerns that the multi-billion pound industry is wasting valuable resources and contributing to climate change.” Read the full article here.


“As ice melts and the weight pressing down on it lightens, the bedrock underneath the West Antarctic ice sheet is rapidly rising – offering a lifeline for this threatened region.” Read the full article here.


“Buildings currently account for around 40% of UK energy consumption. This new building, known as the Active Office, points the way to a new generation of low-carbon offices which produce their own supply of clean energy.” Read the full article here.


“The City of London has announced that they will be sourcing 100% of their energy needs from renewable sources by October 2018.” Read the full article here.


“We’re a nation trapped in the modern health paradox – exposed to record levels of healthy inspiration (there’s over 273 million posts with #fitness on Instagram, at the time of publishing) and yet too time poor to move as much as we should, with a recent study from the British Lung Foundation indicating that a quarter of us never exercise.” Read the full article here.

“Almost 60% of UK employees are unable to identify key symptoms of the most common mental health conditions” Read the full article here.


“An artificial intelligence (AI) machine from IBM has held its own in a public debate with human beings in a demonstration in San Francisco.” Read the full article here.


“YouTube is adding more ways for video-makers to make money, following criticism from bloggers and increased competition from rival platforms.” Read the full article here.


“A leading City figure whose former role involved governing the Square Mile has said Brexit could result in the loss of 75,000 jobs and up to £10bn in annual tax revenue.” Read the full article here.


“European investment banks risk being left behind in the battle for talent, with their US rivals paying bigger bonuses for mid-ranking dealmakers.” Read the full article here.


“Airbus has warned it could leave the UK if the country exits the European Union single market and customs union without a transition deal.” Read the full article here.


“Polling on the two-year anniversary of the Brexit vote showed support for a second referendum.” Read the full article here.

The Lighter Side     

“Well, the people of Melbourne, Australia took the time to email their thoughts to some of the city’s 70,000 Eucalyptus, oaks, and elms.” Read the full article here.


“Japanese dog groomer Yoriko Hamachiyo groomed teacup poodle Sesame into a perfect circle – and Instagram has gone into utter meltdown” Read the full article here.


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