A win at the Computing AI and Machine Learning Awards revealed a Gloucestershire company with a tool that could help clean up the Internet.
Cris Pikes, a serial tech entrepreneur, chief executive officer, and founder of Image Analyzer.
A win at a niche technology award has a Gloucestershire-based company at the forefront of the race to develop software that will make the Internet a safer place.
Image Analyzer’s AI-powered “Visual Risk Moderation Technology” can remove more than 90 percent of “obviously illegal and harmful images, videos, and live streaming footage” before they ever reach a website or moderation queues.
His work is not only an antidote to the scourge of social media and other platforms around the world, but a potentially huge commercial opportunity for the small team of 10 at Quedgeley.
Cris Pikes, Serial Tech Entrepreneur, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Image Analyzer, said, ‘We are delighted to have won the Computing Magazine Award for Best Emerging AI Technology.
“Online organizations take on a large number of pictures and videos that are being uploaded by more and more users.
“Human moderators are no longer up to the sheer volume and the upcoming legislation only increases the pressure.
“Automated content moderation enables companies to scale their efforts and demonstrate to the relevant authorities that they have systems and processes in place to protect their users and employees from illegal and harmful content posted on their websites.”
Mr Pikes said Image Analyzer selected Gloucestershire because of its burgeoning cyber community and good communication links.
The upcoming changes to UK and EU online safety laws appear to legally require website owners to quickly remove any illegal or harmful content posted on their websites, or face hefty fines and similar changes in the US.
Image Analyzer holds US and European patents for its AI-based content moderation technology IAVIS, which detects visual risks in milliseconds without false positives.
This article is part of SoGlos’ #CyberGlos campaign, supported by Salus Cyber, Charles Russell Speechlys and the University of Gloucestershire, to promote cyber-related business stories in Gloucestershire. Visit soglos.com/cyberglos for more information.
By Andrew Merrell
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Wednesday June 30th 2021