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EU Parliament approves world first rules on AI

EU Parliament approves world first rules on AI
Jun 14 2023 Share

The European Parliament has just made history by adopting its position on legislation known as the EU AI Act, which would see systems presenting unacceptable level of risk banned. 

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola addressed a press conference on the Artificial Intelligence Act, with a vote passing by a large majority – 4999 in favour, 28 against and 93 abstentions. 

‘We’re making history’, wrote the President on social media. If Brussels hits the target of reaching an agreement by the end of the year, it would be the world’s first law regulating AI. 

These include predictive policing tools or social scoring systems (used in China to classify people based on behaviour and socioeconomic status as per The Washington Post). 

The legislation would set guards on generative AI, which include labelled content for the likes of ChatGPT. 

It also restricts models from publishing summaries of copyrighted data and potentially ‘upending the systems that generate humanlike speech by scraping text from the internet, often from sources that include a copyright symbol.’ 

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PwC’s Tech Week: working towards a human-led and tech-powered future

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PwC Malta has recently organised a series of technology-related events aimed at giving more prominence to the various challenges business leaders face in undertaking digital transformation initiatives.

During the week starting 15 May, PwC’s Tech Week kicked off with ‘Reshaping the future of Tech’ – a day dedicated to the student community. With constant disruption being created by technology, there has never been such a demand from the business community looking for key talent in technology related careers. The events were aimed at encouraging students to understand better how their relevant studies could be practically transposed within the world of work.

The main highlight of the week was the Intelligent Digital two-day conference, held on 16 and 17 May. The first day’s proceedings included a full-day conference focusing on digital transformation, followed by afternoon deep-dive insights on business applications and use cases. Targeted mainly at CEOs, the conference presented insights into how technological innovation can aid businesses in shaping strategy and maximising business performance. The second day, targeted mostly at CTOs, was a half-day conference presenting a technical focus on digital infrastructure and storage, cyber security, and data privacy, amongst other topics.

In commenting on the two-day conference, Michel Ganado, PwC Malta’s Digital Services Leader, emphasised the need for “organisations to re-imagine and re-think the art of the possible and move to more data-driven, customer-centric omnichannel solutions which are tech-powered and human-led”. The speakers and panellist line-up for the two days was extensive, comprising local C-suite business leaders, technology alliance partners from Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce and HP as well key PwC subject matter experts from its local and EMEA network.

The fourth day of Tech Week comprised a whole day event of Digital in Action at PwC’s The Hub in Qormi. The agenda included eleven thematic sessions that provided business and technology leaders with the opportunity to see technology in action and gain insight into how certain digital areas and emerging technologies will be crucial to driving their business agendas for the years to come.

The closing day of Tech Week involved a joint event with The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry on the Customer Experience in the Digital Age. Two brief presentations, followed by a panel discussion related to the customer experience, included speakers such as Christina Zammit La Rosa (Director at Zammit La Rosa Footwear Ltd), Malcolm Camilleri (Deputy CEO at the PG Group), and Benji Borg (CEO at ANCHOVY. and 9H Group).

Reflecting back on the full week of events dedicated to technology and innovation, PwC’s Territory Senior Partner, David Valenzia, stated that “it has been a pleasure seeing this week unfold, and we have received very positive feedback from our foreign-based colleagues, and our technology alliance partners. It has also been very well received by our clients locally, and I’m sure it has invigorated our business community to look forward and assess how technology can be used as an enabler for their strategy and transformation.

Michel Ganado supported this view and commented that “the Intelligent Digital conference will feature as an annual event aimed at helping organisations of all sizes leverage digital technologies to drive sustained business outcomes.”

Explore the PwC Digital Services website to keep abreast with the latest technological innovations and future events.

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Our Favourite Picks From Malta.ai’s Creations

Our Favourite Picks From Malta.ai's Creations
Jun 14 2023 Share

Here are just a couple of our favourite picks from artificial intelligence creator malta.ai.

 

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The creator has been generating images through the latest technology taking the world by storm and reimagining aspects of Maltese life with various other scenarios. 

 

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The creator has generated portraits of local political leaders as superheroes, reimagined Malta in extreme conditions, offered options for traffic issues and much more. 

What are your favourite creations by malta.ai?

 

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You Can Now Add Music To Your Instagram Story

You Can Now Add Music To Your Instagram Story
Jun 14 2023 Share

Instagram has just introduced two new features for its Notes – the small text bubble which pops up next to your friends’ names in the DM page.  

You can now share a 30-second clip of a song in your note, whilst also adding a caption to the music note to highlight your intention behind the share. 

All you have to do is click the plus button by your profile photo on the DM page and you will find a music note where you’d normally create your note. 

This will take you to a page similar to when you add a song to your Instagram story. You then select the 30 seconds you wish to share, add some text and you’re all set. 

Instagram will also be allowing users to translate a Note by tapping it. You just need to tap the note and it’s all done. The Notes feature is pretty fresh in and of itself, having been rolled out in December 2022. 

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