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Half a million new Scots jobs expected from automation

More than half a million jobs will be created in Scotland over the next two decades with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) driving greater automation and robotics, new research indicates.

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Google opens Edinburgh training centre

Google has opened Scotland’s first ‘Digital Garage’ today and launched a new training programme in Glasgow.

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A police officer holding a new mobile fingerprint scanning system which allows police to identify a potential suspect in under a minute. Picture: PA

Consultation on police handling of biometric data launched

A consultation has been launched today on plans to improve the management of biometric data collected by the police in Scotland.

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FanDuel lets its customers make bets on fantasy sports games, centred around the likes of NFL American football and NBA basketball. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Paddy Power Betfair completes FanDuel merger

Gambling giant Paddy ­Power Betfair said it had completed the merger of its US business with FanDuel, the US fantasy sports betting site founded in Edinburgh.

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KHI directors with Steve Ham of The Underwater Centre and Fiona Hyslop MSP in Tokyo, alongside the AUV

Japanese deal will see ‘world’s first’ undersea robotic arm tested in Scotland

A major Japanese industrial corporation has signed an agreement that will see the world’s first test of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) undertaken in Scotland.

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An overview of how the Glasgow Harbour retail development could look, with the Clyde on the left and the Kelvin seperating the 74 acre site from the existing Riverside Museum

Latest Glasgow Harbour development to transform Clydeside

An ambitious residential and commercial development that will transform a long neglected gap site in Glasgow has taken a step forward.

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Portal will transform a Clyde Tunnel walkway into a 'sensory subterranean spectacle'

Robots ready to take over Clyde Tunnel

Real-life robots are to be deployed to turn part of Glasgow’s famous Clyde Tunnel into a huge science fiction-inspired work of art.

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The proposed Red John scheme in Loch Ness would be a pumped-storage hydroelectric system, similar to this example at Turlough Hill in the Republic of Ireland

Meet Red John - the Highland hydro scheme that could be a gamechanger for renewables

One of Scotland’s best known landscapes could become home to a transformational development to provide energy storage capable of meeting the country’s renewable ambitions.

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The BBC has confirmed 60 new jobs will be created for a digital hub at its Pacific Quay headquarters in Glasgow.

Glasgow to get new £4m BBC digital hub as new Scottish channel gets final green light

The BBC is to create 140 new jobs - 60 more than previously announced - in Scotland after broadcasting regulator Ofcom gave the final green light to its proposed new channel.

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Some worry about the mental health impact on gamers. Picture: PA

Gamers ‘prefer online world to real life’

Gamers get more satisfaction immersing themselves in the online world than from everyday life, according to a researcher.

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Cardiothoracic consultant Alan Kirk with the �1.3m Da Vinci surgical system at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank

Clydebank hospital first to offer dedicated robotic surgery system to chest patients

A Scottish hospital has become the first in the UK to dedicate a state-of-the-art robotic surgery system for the use of lung patients, a move which could have a transformational impact on recovery times.

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Aberdeen is bidding to become a testing ground for 5G technology. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Aberdeen gets broadband ‘fast enough for VR gaming’

Householders in Aberdeen will be able to tap into new, faster broadband, as cutting- edge technology is rolled out to 7,600 homes and businesses across the city.

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Data Lab students take part in an innovation workshop. The postgraduate course is expanding to meet demand

Applications open for largest ever intake of Data Lab MSc students

A collaboration between Scottish universities and a government-backed data centre is to welcome its biggest ever cohort of postgraduate students.

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Currency traders at Worldwide Currencies Ltd in London's Canary Wharf stand at their desks to cold call during 'power hour'. So-called 'robo-trading' is reducing demand for such practices. Picture: PA

How machine learning is transforming the stock exchange

The public perception of stock exchanges remains little changed since the Big Bang deregulated the financial markets. Anytime a trading floor is depicted in a film or TV series, you can expect to see a group of men frantically waving their arms and shouting at a bank of screens showing the ups and downs of share prices.

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A customer uses a 'modest comission' Bitcoin vending machine in a CeX store in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

Should I invest in bitcoin or has the bubble burst?

The value of cryptocurrencies can fluctuate wildly but the blockchain technology they utilise is here to stay, writes Chris McCall

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The report comes hot on the heels of last week's announcement by the Prime Minister that the Scottish capital will be the location for Scotland's first artificial intelligence and blockchain accelerator. Picture: Contributed

Tech sector boom delivers £3.9 billion boost to economy

The scale of the boom being seen in Scotland’s technology sector is underlined today with new figures showing thousands of jobs have been created as part of a multi-billion pound annual boost to the economy.

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The investment is in the expanding financial technologies sector

Edinburgh private equity firm injects £44m into fintech

An Edinburgh-based private equity house has invested in a disruptive tech “powerhouse” in what is the UK’s third-largest fintech financing this year so far.

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Chris Liversidge is founder and chief exec of QueryClick

Digital marketing agency sees 50% revenue jump after run of client wins

An Edinburgh-based digital marketing consultancy has seen year-on-year revenue growth of nearly 50 per cent and boosted its ranks as it looks to grow at home and abroad.

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Pentland Firth tidal energy pioneer hails 2017 as pivotal year

The sustainable energy pioneer behind MeyGen in the Pentland Firth has hailed 2017 as the “most important” year in its history after major progress by the flagship tidal power project and inking a key deal in December.

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RBS pushes button on chief digital officer role

RBS pushes button on chief digital officer role

In a sign of the changing times within banking, Royal Bank of Scotland had appointed a chief digital officer.

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