Great Central, from Nationalisation to Rationalisation

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Nicely timed book from a Special Interests publisher as the Johnson Government prepares to continue sluicing billions down the HS2 drain. The Great Central main line is a classic of the dither and delay of British public transport planning in the second half of the Twentieth Century. – Very Highly Recommended.

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Dreaming of Horses

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Humans have formed a long, close and unique association with horses amongst the numbers of animals successfully domesticated.. This book contains so many superb images that capture the beauty, power and grace of horses, their strength and purpose. – Most Highly Recommended.

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Road transport revolution for the masses

2020 is a big year for transport infrastructure in the UK. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised “a transport revolution” to reshape the national economy and, beyond yesterday’s announcement on the go ahead for HS2, says that in the next few weeks his government will be setting out more details of this revolution: “because we all know the potential of transport to change your life and the life of your town or city.”

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Smartwatch combats dementia

It has been announced today that a smartwatch is being launched to revolutionise dementia care. The £100 million project, backed by Bill Gates, will see artificial intelligence monitor more than 30 indicators, such as speech, fine motor skills and sleep. The watch is to be trialled by a million British people before being introduced across the NHS.

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Public sector AI standards

The Government published a report looking at AI and its impact on public standards, noting that clear standards of conduct and greater transparency will enable the UK public sector the reap the benefits of AI.

In response to this, comments from Dr. Iain Brown, Head of Data Science at SAS UK & Ireland, exploring how ethical use of AI must be a priority for the public services and how greater transparency will help to gain consumer trust and bring AI into the mainstream.

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