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Week Ending: June 16th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s roundup from Claritas focuses on a few things that could well make everyday life a little bit simpler. We’re talking about artificial intelligence, the abolition of EU roaming charges and cashless payment opportunities.

Topics that could and should impact your life in a positive way in the near future.

In our weekly roundups, we feel it’s our duty to bring you the facts and interesting stories that you can impress colleagues with. This week is no different and in a few moments time you’ll be a fountain of knowledge, we’re sure of it.

Britain is ready for AI

Tell this one to your colleagues, friends, family or shout it from the rooftops if you must. A recent survey has discovered that British consumers are ready to embrace artificial intelligence. That’s not I.T. pros, that’s your everyday, run of the mill punter ready for AI - if it means saving them time and money. Classic Brits.

The survey, based on 6,000 people from six countries, found that UK people were most comfortable with using AI to personalise their online retail presence, followed by them being happy to allow their doctor to use AI for a better diagnosis. Third on the list was willingness to use AI for financial services.

While UK folk were happy with using AI, they were still sceptical of its benefits in comparison to other countries. Only 29% of Brits said they felt it had the potential to improve customer services compared to much higher numbers in France (44%) and the Netherlands (42%). Only 20% of Brits think AI customer service can match or better that of a human.

In other AI news, Maluuba researchers have developed artificial intelligence that has achieved a perfect score on Ms. Pac-Man. The company, which was recently acquired by Microsoft, uses deep learning to develop programs that can take on such tasks. Watch how they conquered the classic arcade game here.

Huge roaming charges are a thing of the past for EU mobile users

This week a new European Union law came into force to abolish roaming charges, meaning that users can text, call and browse the web for the same price they pay at home.

"Eliminating roaming charges is one of the greatest and most tangible successes of the EU," the Commission commented.

But it’s important not to get carried away. Consumer company Which? has stressed that should tourists exceed their plan’s data limits they will still be charged. So that means no downloading films in the airport for the journey home!

Coming soon: more cashless payment opportunities

The outlook is positive for businesses and the public sector in terms of payment solutions. Information Age reports that there has been a steep uptake in the use of mobile tech such as Apple, Android and Samsung Pay alongside contactless payments, as well as cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and GovCoin.

Mastercard revealed in 2016 that half of Britain’s population keep less than £5 on them at any given time, supporting the idea that Britain is on the verge of going cashless.

Next steps? Businesses and the public sector should be looking at how best to utilise this information moving forward and ensure they don’t get left behind.

That’s everything from us this week but we’ll be back soon – if you want to keep up with the latest news from I.T. and tech, follow our social channels: