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The winners of the annual Uswitch.com Awards 2021 have today been unveiled, which among other categories saw UK ISP Plusnet scoop the win for “Broadband Provider of the Year“, while Virgin Media once again grabbed the “Fastest Broadband Provider” crown and BT were named best “TV Provider of the Year.” Read on for the full list.
As usual the comparison site appears to have selected its winners via a combination of methods. Most of the awards were decided based on a survey of 17,256 UK consumers (conducted between 29th October and 9th November 202), while several other categories were chosen by a panel of judges from the fields of consumer affairs, personal finance and technology.
Sadly, smaller broadband ISPs were alas almost nowhere to be seen in the awards selection, which is why Virgin Media ended up being named as the fastest provider despite being unable to match the symmetrical Gigabit speeds of many alternative networks, or even the multi-gigabit speeds of Zzoomm and CommunityFibre. On the other hand, Virgin are certainly the fastest national or widely available provider (coverage is key), for now.
Despite the UK’s exit from the European Union, Leeds and German city Dortmund are committing to strengthening relations with each other and have re-signed their memorandum of understanding to work on and share valuable insights around issues like climate change, economic development and health and wellbeing.
The two cities have been partners for 52 years and with the UK now out of the EU, the cities wanted to reaffirm their ongoing and successful partnership by pledging to continue to work together across social, educational, cultural and economic exchange and to increase the prosperity of the cities of Leeds and Dortmund, as well as their residents.
By committing to their continued relationship, the local authorities in both the UK and Germany can benefit from shared learning, advice and best practice from one another, particularly at a time of great change in the UK-European relationship.
“My preferred scenario? I never have to go back to work” – LSE CIO Laura Dawson on tech-driven futures
Laura Dawson of the LSE talks to Noel Anderson about the future of technology in education; data platforms (and why we won’t get a global, unified one any time soon); and AI
Has Covid-19 changed the future of technology, or merely accelerated what was already on the horizon? How can we get the general public to see AI as a force for good, rather than thinking of the Terminator films? And just how keen should we be to return to commuting while lodged firmly in someone else’s armpit?
To answer these questions and more, we spoke to Laura Dawson, CIO of the London School of Economics, for Delta’s Tech to the Future series. In this series, Noel Anderson talks to IT leaders at some of the UK’s most recognisable organisations about how technology is impacting their industry, and what the future might bring.
Nesta in Scotland showcases a number of projects in which humans and AI work as a team
News stories about AI tend to dwell on dystopian projections, be they job losses, ever-increasing surveillance, increased alienation, or, at the apocalyptic extreme, robots throwing off their shackles and doing away with puny humanity altogether.
Perhaps this is inevitable. All new technology creates anxiety, and AI’s ability to ‘learn’ and emulate life makes it seem particularly creepy, but – and not to make light of the ways it can be used for ill effect – many assumptions around the technology are false. But AI doesn’t learn in the same way as us: it’s very bad at things we do naturally from a young age, but superb at some tasks we are bad at, especially those that require sifting through huge quantities of data to find subtle patterns.
In partnership, therefore, people and AI can do great things, particularly in the public sector where needs are great and funds are short.