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Speech: Margot James’ speech at the Government Innovation Conference

first_imgMay I say what a wonderful venue we are in today.My predecessor in the role of Minister of State for Digital and Creative Industries – Matt Hancock – told the House of Lords AI Committee last year that there is ‘a need in government for people who are at the vanguard…champions for the technology…alongside people who know the ins and outs of policy.’I look around the room today and am delighted to see people all around government departments who are ‘in the vanguard’.Since then, there has been a report from that Committee, a government response that I delivered with my colleague Sam Gyimah, and a debate – where it was stated that Departments themselves need to understand AI better.The same goes for Ministers by the way.We need to take those ideas from the vanguard, and make them mainstream for Departments across government.And there is already great work being done in government.The Department for Transport runs DfT Lab – which develops proofs-of-concept in agile 6-week sprints. They have used machine learning to identify road freight from satellite imagery in locations where there aren’t cameras, and built a system to optimise transport patterns of the future.The DWP are using AI to crack down on large-scale benefits fraud. Their system uses algorithms to reveal fake identity cloning techniques that are common among criminal gangs.The Home Office and ASI Data Science worked together to develop technology which can automatically detect terrorist video propaganda on any online platform, so that the majority of this content could be prevented before it ever reaches the internet.And I hope that same technology can be used in the fight against child abuse images online.A year ago the UK topped Oxford Insights’ Government AI readiness index – indicating we are the best-placed OECD country to implement AI in public service delivery, thanks to your great work on data, on fostering a vibrant environment for startups, and on the digitalisation of government.So today is very important. All of us, collectively, need to share with each other what we are doing.That means government working together with industry to seize the prize of a reported additional £232bn by 2030 – 10% of GDP.And it’s not all about economic value, but also the benefits it brings to individuals and families – from healthcare, to improving road safety.Earlier this year government and industry collectively committed to nearly £1bn of investment in the Industrial Strategy AI Sector Deal.Tabitha Goldstaub – who chairs the AI Council – is here today. The Council will have the important task of making sure that Sector Deal delivers. It’s important that we mention this today – not just because it’s about AI – but because it’s the one year anniversary of the Industrial Strategy this week.I was very proud as Business Minister to have had a part in developing it, and I’d like to pay tribute to my former boss, Greg Clark, an outstanding Secretary of State – who lives and breathes the Industrial Strategy and has really developed it so well.That £1bn is intended to kickstart how we address the Grand Challenge on AI and Data – to remain at the forefront of this revolution.To address the Grand Challenge, the whole of government, industry and civil society will need to work together.Artificial Intelligence holds the promise to transform productivity. The government has set the ambition to place the UK at the forefront of AI in its Industrial Strategy. We should also seek to seize this opportunity for public service to become more efficient and effective.To do so, the recent Budget initialised a review across government to understand where the biggest potential lies for adoption of these new technologies, to identify where combined investment can yield the greatest benefit.It will be led by the Office for Artificial Intelligence – a joint unit between DCMS and BEIS – working with the Government Digital Service.We established the Office for AI earlier this year following last year’s AI review led by Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Jérôme Pesenti.The Office for AI exists to be a central hub of policy expertise in AI across government. It delivers against commitments made in the Sector Deal around increasing access to data for AI startups, improving AI skills provision for the workforce, and driving adoption through missions and by other targeted means – all of which contribute to addressing the Grand Challenge on remaining at the forefront of the AI and Data revolution.So, today I’d like us to focus on the role data has in creating opportunities for AI. But equally important is driving adoption of AI and upskilling our workforce, to be able to use data and AI better.I’ll begin with adoption of AI.The full benefits for society and the economy that can come from AI can only be realised if it is widely used.We have used a Mission-driven approach to set out an aspiration to drive adoption of AI. Earlier this year we announced how we would use AI to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases, which pulls together effort across DCMS, BEIS and DHSC, the NHS, private sector and civil society.I’m so proud that the first Mission we announced was to deliver a transformation in the diagnosis of chronic diseases by Artificial Intelligence up to 2030.Cancer Research UK estimates that by 2033, if late stage diagnosis were reduced by 50% across four common cancers 56,500 more people diagnosed would be diagnosed at an early stage, resulting in 22,500 fewer deaths within 5 years of diagnosis, per year.It’s important to realise that’s not just an extra five years, but for many people they could have as much longer as if they’d not had the disease.It’s important to work with the expertise we have in government and the wider public sector to embed a culture of being intelligent customers when it comes to AI in public service delivery. We have engaged Office for National Statistics’ Data Science Campus and GDS to help us do this.DCMS has also seconded an official to work as a researcher at the World Economic Forum’s San Francisco-based Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution towards a framework for responsible public procurement of AI. This is intended to mesh with the Data Ethics Framework which has a new home in DCMS after moving from GDS and provide a set of steps a decision maker could follow to decide on how to best implement AI solutions.The team is also working to ensure everyone benefits from the opportunities presented by AI, to ensure that businesses have access to the AI talent they need to operate, and in order to support and drive economic growth.This currently involves the development of a new industry funded AI Masters programme, beginning with around 200 new AI Masters students in 2019 with expansion of this talent pipeline continuing year-on-year.In addition it involves work to attract, recruit and retain world-leading talent by creating a fellowship programme that is globally respected and attractive for researchers around the world to congregate in the UK – recognised with £50m of funding that was announced in the Budget.We are also supporting work towards an additional 200 PhD places in AI and related disciplines a year by 2020 to 2021. By 2025, we will have at least 1,000 government supported PhD places in AI at any one time.Our work is in partnership with employers and universities, through our UK AI Skills Champion Dame Wendy Hall and the AI Council.We are committed to increasing diversity in the AI workforce to ensure that everyone with the potential to participate has the opportunity to do so and will support upskilling, reskilling and lifelong learning to reach our aims.That’s why we doubled the number of Exceptional Talent visas to 2,000 to attract the brightest and best to live and work in the UK as well as training our own population.Now, onto data.There has been a huge programme of work in recent years to make sure we are promoting the open and transparent use of data.This goes back at least 10 years.In the government we are in a privileged position, as we collect a vast quantity of untapped data as part of the services we run.And as the UK moves rapidly towards a data driven economy, it means that we have a real opportunity to make the most of this.The government has already published over 44,000 datasets on This unprecedented level of openness has created so many benefits.This is one of several reasons we ranked top of Oxford Insights’ Analysis last year.We believe that innovation with data requires public trust. That’s why government has established the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation as another key part of addressing the Grand Challenge on AI and Data, the board of which was announced just last week – they held their first meeting yesterday.Leading public debate on this is crucial. There’s a great danger – if we get ahead of ourselves in government and industry, and allow public debate to fall behind, we fail to build the trust that is absolutely vital for the success of this endeavour. So, I think that the role of the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation is absolutely crucial in building that trust.The Centre is a world-class advisory body to make sure data and AI delivers the best possible outcomes for society, in support of its innovative and ethical use.And that Centre will become independent – it’s our intention to put it on a statutory, independent footing, as soon as we can get the necessary legislation in train.Innovation and ethics are not mutually exclusive. The Centre will work to deliver innovation with data, as well as ensuring its use – including for AI – is ethical.Data is a critical part of our national digital infrastructure – and fundamental to AI. It enables all kinds of services we use everyday from maps on our smartphones, to social media and payment processes. Without access to good quality data from a range of sources, AI technologies cannot deliver on their promise of better, more efficient and seamless services.Government is committed to opening up more data in a way that makes it reusable and easily accessible.However, of course not all data can, or should, be made open.Organisations looking to access or share data can often face a range of barriers, from trust and cultural concerns to practical and legal obstacles.It is extremely important that we address these.Last week, it was announced at the ODI Summit that ‘the Office for AI will work with the Open Data Institute to run a number of pilot data trusts – frameworks to enable safe, fair and ethical data sharing between organisations to solve common problems and bring societala nd economic benefit.The Office for AI is working with the ODI to identify potential pilots – including unlocking sales data towards facilitating a circular economy by making packaging recycling more efficient, and around using data to bolster conservation efforts, among other examples.The ODI are also working on a further pilot project to prototype a data trust with the Mayor of London and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. City Hall is working on data trusts as part of its Smarter London Together Roadmap to support AI and protect ‘privacy by design’ for Londoners.This Greenwich project will focus on real time data from the Internet of Things, and will investigate how this data could be shared with innovators in the technology sector to create solutions to city challenges.Our ultimate aim is that Data Trusts encourage data sharing where it is not currently happening to deliver economic and societal benefit.Finally, onto the AI Council.Work is under way developing the AI Council, following the announcement of Chair Tabitha Goldstaub earlier this year – and Tabitha, we’re very grateful to you for the work you’ve put in to get the AI Council almost up to launch, and also to Skills Champion Professor Dame Wendy Hall.The AI Council is intended to be government’s ‘way in’ to industry – a partnership body. Just as in the public sector, where Office for AI works across government to address the Grand Challenge, we need industry – with government’s help – to take on some of this task.We want to make sure that the public sector can work hand-in-hand with the private sector to deliver more solutions that are truly transformative and revolutionise public service delivery.That’s a really great prize.Together, we can work drive adoption across public and industry sectors.last_img read more

13 Days Of Phishmas 2017: Baker’s Dozen Night 13, The “Glazed” Show

first_imgTomorrow (!!!), Phish will make their triumphant return to Madison Square Garden in New York City for their traditional 4-night New Year’s Run at the world’s most famous arena. To date, the band has played the storied midtown Manhattan room 52 times–usually surrounding New Year’s Eve–and among those 52 are some of the more exciting and memorable performances they’ve ever turned in. In 2016, we counted down the days until New Year’s Run with “The 12 Days Of Phishmas,” a festive collection of our favorite Phish shows at the Garden over the years. But that list was made before the Baker’s Dozen, Phish’s unprecedented run of 13 straight shows at MSG featuring nightly donut-based themes, surprise covers and bust-outs to cater the setlists to the flavor du jour and, oh yea, NO REPEATS, culminating with a “championship” banner being raised to The Garden’s rafters on a day officially designated as “Phish Day” by the Mayor of New York. The Dozen was a different kind of beast: It’s difficult to pick apart the individual nights and rank them among the band’s other 39 MSG performances because these 13 shows were so inextricably linked. Those 17 summer days in the City almost felt like one long show, and so it only felt right to extend this year’s Phishmas by an extra day and relive the Baker’s Dozen as a complete set–sampling one donut at a time, the same way it was originally tasted. By the time we’re done going back through the Baker’s Dozen spoils, we’ll all be primed and ready to add four more shows to the list, rounding out 17 in ’17–the biggest, baddest year of MSG Phish we’ve ever seen. Our Official Guide To Phish New Year’s Pre- And Post-PartiesAfter 12 long nights of instant-classic Phish, we had reached the final donut. We were now all experts in the art of the Baker’s Dozen. We had our routines, our meet-up spot, our confident setlist guesses, and all locked down, We were ready to “Glaze On” one last time. Tickets for the show were damn-near impossible to get, and hundreds upon hundreds of fans were surely left on the block. It was no mystery as to why: This was certain to be an historic evening for the Phish from Vermont. And of course, the Phish from Vermont did not disappoint. Night 13 was as perfect an end to this historic residency as you could have asked for. On a day officially proclaimed as “Phish Day” by the Mayor of New York City, Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell finished their greatest run ever at the World’s Most Famous Arena with a fantastic, emotional performance, and embraced as their Baker’s Dozen “championship” banner rose to the Garden’s rafters, immortalized.This wraps up our 13 Days of Phishmas 2017. Over the last 13 days, we’ve relived the glory of the Baker’s Dozen one donut at a time, and now, finally, it’s time to make some new ones. It’s the most wonderful time of the year–Phish’s 2017-2018 New Year’s Eve run in New York City begins tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more excited to visit the banner and finish out 17 in ’17 at MSG.Merry Phishmas to all, and to all a good run! See you out there!NIGHT 13: Glazed8/6/17Review by Gideon Plotnicki For the encore, Phish busted out “On The Road Again” by Willie Nelson for the first time since Dick’s 2013. The song fit the thematic conclusion of the residency’s final show. The emotional reprieve saw both McConnell and Anastasio swallow full segments of the lyrics, seemingly choked up by the massive moment. The sincerity behind the song choice worked out, though, and the sentiment rang heart-warmingly true for this band after such a singular accomplishment: “The life I love is making music with my friends.”Eventually, the band dropped into a funky groove, with McConnell leaving his piano to take center stage. Page addressed the audience, telling them “all week long, people have been asking me…’Is this Lawn Boy?‘…It is.” The band then dropped into a funky, double-time version of the final verse of “Lawn Boy”–a “Lawn Boy” reprise, if you will–to the delight of the crowd. Fishman and Gordon then delivered a few bars of the intro to “Weekapaug Groove,” which had already been played in the Baker’s Dozen run, thoroughly confuseinb the crowd in the process–they’ve gotten through 26 full sets and they’re going to repeat a song during the final encore!? However, it was just one more fake-out from Phish, as Anastasio started up the dramatic intro to “Tweezer Reprise,” completing the “Tweezer” sandwich that started on night one.When the song was finished, Phish walked off stage and the lights went up. The band chose to play “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel as the walkout music, a fitting choice as Phish now joins the Piano Man on the rafters of Madison Square Garden, forever immortalized as one of the venue’s most cherished acts.Hot Takes From Night 13: Repeat Watch: 13 shows. 26 sets. 237 songs. Zero repeats…and it’s still “Lawn Boy.” Legendary.Today’s Donut: “Glazed” [“I’ve Been Around”; “Simple”]We Tired Yet?: Goodnight.Check out a gallery of photos from the final night of the Baker’s Dozen below courtesy of Christian Stewart.SETLIST: Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 13 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 8/6/17SET 1: Dogs Stole Things, Rift, Ha Ha Ha, Camel Walk, Crazy Sometimes > Saw It Again > Sanity > Bouncing Around the Room, Most Events Aren’t Planned[1], Bug, I Been Around, IzabellaSET 2: Simple > Come Together > Starman, You Enjoy Myself, Loving CupENCORE: On the Road Again > Lawn Boy Reprise > Tweezer Reprise[1] Phish debut.The wait is over: Phish returns to MSG tomorrow for their four-night New Year’s Eve run. If you’re in town for the shows, don’t miss all the pre- and post shows going on in the city during the run. For a list of pre-show plans and late-night after-parties, check out our guide here.13 Days of Phishmas 2017:Night 1 – “Coconut” – 7/21/17Night 2 – “Strawberry” – 7/22/17Night 3 – “Red Velvet” – 7/23/17Night 4 – “Jam-Filled” – 7/25/17Night 5 – “Powdered” – 7/26/17Night 6 – “Double Chocolate” – 7/28/17Night 7 – “Cinnamon” – 7/29/17Night 8 – “Jimmies” – 7/30/17Night 9 – “Maple” – 8/1/17Night 10 – “Holes” – 8/2/17Night 11 – “Lemon” – 8/4/17Night 12 – “Boston Cream” – 8/5/17Night 13 – “Glazed” – 8/6/17 Phish finished their instant-classic Baker’s Dozen residency last night, and there’s a lot to digest. The band completed their thirteen-show run without repeating a single song, a remarkable feat that sets the bar extremely high for any other major touring bands out there looking to do something special for their fanbase. The finale at Madison Square Garden was light on donut references–the night’s theme was “Glazed”–and, after thirteen shows of no repeats, featured a somewhat predictable set list. Nonetheless, the band played another jaw-dropping show filled with the creative jams, epic bust outs, and the loose yet focused playing that’s become the norm throughout this run. Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 13 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 8/6/17 | Photos: Christian Stewart The band set the tone for the evening right out of the gates by dropping “Dogs Stole Things” into the show-opening slot. This marked only the fourth performance of the song since the band reformed in 2009. After finishing the dark and bluesy number, Phish worked their way through a somewhat sloppy version of “Rift.” The band eventually synced up and built the song to its natural climax, spiking the energy in the room and drawing huge roars from the excited audience. A weird and dark version of the rarity “Ha Ha Ha” was up next, drawing still more roars from the excited audience.Watch the show-opening “Dogs Stole Things” below via LivePhish:A funky “Camel Walk” batted clean-up, and it was a home run edition of the song, with a nice, patient, funky groove that permeated throughout the track. The band followed that up with Mike Gordon‘s “Crazy Sometimes,” which was well-played and contained a nice Led Zeppelin-esque jam. This acted as a pre-cursor to the madness of “Saw It Again,” which whipped the Garden crowd into a hysterical frenzy, especially after a howling sample from the Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House Halloween set during the song’s huge build. “Sanity,” another cherished rarity from the band’s early days, followed the madness of “Saw It Again.” “Sanity” also featured a quote from “The Very Long Fuse,” tying the segment of the show together with Halloween samples.After a quick version of “Bouncing Around the Room,” Phish debuted “Most Events Aren’t Planned,” a Page McConnell-led synth-rocker he crafted with his hiatus-era trio Vida Blue (which featured Oteil Burbridge and Russell Batiste Jr). Page hasn’t toured Vida Blue in many years, so fans were totally caught off guard by this bust out. The band locked in for a driving jam on the old track, easily making it the musical highlight of set one.Watch high quality footage of the “Most Events Aren’t Planned” jam below via LazyLightning55a:A heartfelt version of “Bug” followed, and you could hear the echoes throughout the arena as the crowd yelled the song’s chorus into the skies. Page then got a chance to ham it up, as the band performed their first version of the Joy rarity “I’ve Been Around” since the memorable 7/27/14 “Tweezerfest” at Merriweather Post Pavillion. Page provided a nice joke during the song’s intro, telling the crowd “I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty glazed,” which got a huge response from the audience and elicited a nice laugh from Trey Anastasio, who just couldn’t hold it in any longer.It seemed like “I’ve Been Around” would close the set as at MPP, as Anastasio took his guitar off post-song. But that proved to be a fake-out, as he actually switched to a different guitar and launched into an uproarious version of “Izabella” by Jimi Hendrix. “Izabella” is a holy grail song for many Phish fans, having entered the band’s rotation in 1997 and abruptly disappeared since the second set on July 31st, 1998 at the Polaris Amphitheater in Columbus, OH. This version of the song featured some huge moments, with Anastasio machine-gunning his way to glory at multiple points, remaining laser-focused even as he kicked a balloon that had floated on to the stage. After a 574-show gap, “Izabella” finally returned, stunning the crowd just in time for set break.The band returned to the stage earlier than usual on night thirteen, signaling an improv-laden second set, a long encore, or both. Phish announced their intentions quickly, with a glorious second set-opening “Simple.” Many fans had predicted “Simple” as a thin reference to the night’s “Glazed” theme, which many considered a “simple” choice of donut. I’m not sure if this was a reference to the theme or just one of the two remaining major jam vehicles–“You Enjoy Myself” being the other–but I am sure that this was a remarkable version of “Simple.” The song’s jam kicked off with an ambient, rhythmic groove, with Anastasio using plenty of echo to help drive the spacey improvisation. The band continued to utilize a sci-fi vibe in their jams, with McConnell employing some wild synth wobbles while lighting designer Chris Kuroda matched the atmosphere with his moving and customizable light rig. After a brief moment that incorporated the rhythm of Queen‘s “Under Pressure,” the band linked up for a jangly moment of blissful playing before McConnell took over on electric piano, progressing the jam into a funky space reminiscent of “2001.” Phish continued to improvise, building up a patient major key vamp into a massive peak, followed by a huge sustain from Anastasio that drove the Garden wild.Watch the triumphant Baker’s Dozen “Simple” below via LivePhish:The band finally relented, dissolving into some ambient noodling before transitioning into Anastasio’s track “Rise/Come Together.” After making quick work of the uplifting Anastasio track, Phish started up David Bowie‘s “Starman” from their 2016 Halloween cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The real meat of set two, however, came when the band finally delivered the Baker’s Dozen version of “You Enjoy Myself.” The audience went bonkers for “YEM,” and they showed their enthusiasm with the biggest and most aggressive glow stick war of the residency. You could feel the Garden shake as Phish ran through the composed section of “YEM,” with the MSG crowd letting loose for presumably the final time.When it came time for the song’s jam, the band were sublime, firing on all cylinders as Jon Fishman demolished the drums, delivering a pulsating groove and some great work on the ride cymbal, before McConnell took over with a blissful organ solo while the band worked their way towards a big peak. Anastasio took off his guitar, usually a sign that the “YEM” vocal jam is coming, but, after two bars of bass solo from Gordon, Anastasio couldn’t help it–and he picked his guitar back up to add some rhythmic effects to Gordon’s solo, which launched the band towards a tease of “Izabella,” another sci-fi-esque ambient section, and, finally, the song’s typical, bizarre vocal jam.It seemed like the band would cap things off with “You Enjoy Myself,” but a clearly excited Anastasio turned to McConnell and directed him to start up “Loving Cup” by The Rolling Stones. The song was met with a rapturous response and gave the audience one more chance to go nuts as the band rocked the beloved cover. When the dust had settled, Phish had completed a rare five-song second set to close out the final frame of the Baker’s Dozen. The band took an extra long time taking bows and receiving gifts from the crowd before walking off stage for the final encore break of the run.During the break, a folded-up drape was lowered from the ceiling, prompting fans to expect some sort of bizarre, Phishy surprise. However, after it touched the ground, MSG staffers unrolled the mystery to reveal a Baker’s Dozen-themed Phish “championship” banner, prompting roars of never-before-heard strength from the crowd. The banner hung in the middle of the room for a few minutes, while Phish returned to the stage to take some pictures in front of it before it was raised to the ceiling.As a native New Yorker who grew up going to Knicks and Rangers games and has seen countless concerts at Madison Square Garden, it was mind-blowing to see Phish’s name go up into the rafters to join New York legends like Ewing, Reed, Frazier, Messier, Leetch, and Gilbert. There were some tears in the audience (or maybe it was just me) as that banner was triumphantly raised into the sky. After Mayor DeBlasio declared Sunday “Phish Day” in NYC and Madison Square Garden showed off a new Phish plaque that will hang backstage, it’s safe to say that this day was one of the most important days in Phish history. [Cover photo via Rene Huemer/Phish From The Road] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

PNP assures no human rights abuses under Anti-Terror Bill

first_imgAny person who shall threaten to commit any act of terrorism, propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall suffer the penalty of 12 years in prison under the bill. “May mga pangamba ang ating kababayan sa batas na iyan pero ito po ay para sa mga pinaghihinalaang terorista,” Banac said. “Hindi naman po agad agad isasailalim sa surveillance ang isang indibidwal. Dadaan pa po ‘yan sa masusing pag aaral.” “Magsasagawa po tayo ng information campaign para lahat ng ating pulis ay aware sa provisions ng panukalang batas,” Banac said in aninterview with DZBB. PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said in a radio interview on Sunday that they will conduct information campaign on their police officers to ensure that the proposed measure will be implemented properly. MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has assured that policemen won’t abuse the powers under the controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill, which is now up for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature. “Ang nais lamang po ng pamahalaan, maging ang PNP, ay mabalanse ang ating karapatan at ang pagkakaroon ng kaayusan. Kailangan mabalanse ang rights at order,” he added. The bill also removed the provision under the Human Security Act that orders the payment of half a million pesos in damages for each day that a person wrongfully accused of terrorism is detained. The proposed measure wants to extend the number of days suspected terrorists can be detained without a warrant of arrest – from three days under the current law to up to 14 days. The PNP spokesperson added that it is just right to pass the Anti-Terrorism Bill now to prevent the further prevalence of terrorism. The Senate has approved on February the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which seeks to repeal the Human Security Act of 2007 with stronger measures to allow the government to curtail supposed acts of terror. A counterpart measure was approved by the House of Representatives on third and final reading on Wednesday night clearing the way for President Duterte’s signature./PNlast_img read more