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Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Louise Wilson

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live!

    Nicola Sturgeon

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Wednesday 13 November 2019.

    The Scottish government may not be able to set a budget for 2020-21 until "well into the new year", Nicola Sturgeon has warned.

    The first minister said both her administration and the Welsh government had been left in the "horrendous situation" after the Budget was postponed due to the general election.

    Ms Sturgeon was speaking to the conveners of Holyrood's committees during its bi-annual meeting with the first minister.

    She said there would be knock-on effects for health boards and local councils in Scotland, with public bodies unsure of how much cash they will receive for the coming financial year.

  2. Minister praise tireless work of pancreatic cancer charities

    Parliamentary Business Minister Graeme Dey
    Image caption: Parliamentary Business Minister Graeme Dey

    Parliamentary Business Minister Graeme Dey praises the tireless work of pancreatic cancer charities and their volunteers, highlighting the Pan Can Clan campaign from the PCS.

    Mr Dey highlights the £41m detect cancer early campaign instigated by the Scottish government.

    He accepts there is still a very long way to go but argues by engaging with the third sector we are moving towards putting the patient at the heart of decisions made.

    The minister concludes paying warm tribute to fellow MSP John Scott who he says will be back next year.

  3. Death rates increase for pancreatic cancer

    Labour MSP David Stewart

    Labour MSP David Stewart highlights while death rates are decreasing for many cancers, they are increasing for pancreatic cancer.

    Knowing risk factors can save lives, he says, going on to praise charities for raising awareness of these.

    He welcomes Cancer Research UK classifying pancreatic cancer as an unmet need and funding research at Glasgow University.

  4. Tributes given to charities and volunteers for campaigning

    Tory MSP Miles Briggs
    Image caption: Tory MSP Miles Briggs

    Miles Briggs pays tribute to the work of Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

    The Tory MSP says pancreatic cancer is the deadliest common cancer in Scotland, but all the campaigns can really make a difference.

    He calls for more research into this cancer, welcomes the research being done here in Scotland and praises all the volunteers for their campaigning efforts.

  5. Background: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

    World Pancreatic Cancer Day
    Image caption: World Pancreatic Cancer Day falls on 21 November 2019

    Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, known to many as 'PCAM', takes place during November every year - and is the biggest event in the calendar for those committed to taking on pancreatic cancer.

    It started in the UK in 2011, having evolved from a Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Week created a few years previously - plus similar projects originating in the United States of America.

    Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month brings together all the pancreatic cancer charities and groups around the whole world into one united, dedicated and hardworking international team - demanding better for those affected by pancreatic cancer.

    So every November, people across the globe who want to make pancreatic cancer history gets together and does something great. Will you join us?

    Take a look at these 5 activities to see how you can be a part of something amazing this November.

  6. Pancreatic cancer survivors are 'few and far between'

    Ms Adamson

    Ms Adamson says world leading research into pancreatic cancer is taking place in Scotland.

    Pancreatic cancer survivors are few and far between, with only 1% of patients having survived more than ten years after diagnosis she states.

    This is an important remembrance for those who have passed away the SNP MSP says, particularly given the "short, sharp shock" of pancreatic cancer.

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  7. Here's the motion

    Motion
  8. Background: Pancreatic Cancer Scotland campaign

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    From Pancreatic Cancer Scotland:

    In Scotland, there are around 800 new cases of pancreatic cancer each year (5 year average 2013-2017):

    • In 2017, 781 patients died from pancreatic cancer
    • In 2018, 811 patients died from pancreatic cancer

    PCS has recently launched the ‘Pan Can Clan’ to bring together a growing and inspiring community of people committed to the cause. https://www.pancanscot.org/join-the-clan/

  9. MSPs will now mark Pancreatic Cancer Month

    Cancer treatments are improving across high-income countries, according to a recent study
    Image caption: Cancer treatments are improving across high-income countries, according to a recent study

    SNP MSP Clare Adamson will now lead a member's debate marking Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and World Pancreatic Cancer DAy on 21 November 2019.

    Ms Adamson congratulates all the pancreatic cancer charities andd their supporters on working tirelessly to raise awareness of one of the least survivable cancers .

  10. Government AI motion, as amended, agreed to

    The government motion as amended is unanimously agreed to.

    Government motion
    Image caption: Government motion

    MSPs unanimously passed the Tory amendment.

    They also agree to the Labour amendment, with 56 MSPs backing it, 22 against and 5 abstentions.

    Tory amendment
    Image caption: Tory amendment
    Labour amendment
    Image caption: Labour amendment

    However 24 MSPs back the Green amendment with 69 against.

    Green amendment
    Image caption: Scottish Green party amendment
  11. Background: AI will create as many jobs as it displaces - report

    Man with robot

    Background:

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) will create as many jobs in the UK as it will displace over the next 20 years, a report said in 2018.

    The analysis, by accountancy giant PwC, found AI would boost economic growth, creating new roles as others fell away.

    But it warned there would be "winners and losers" by industry sector, with many jobs likely to change.

    Opinion is split over AI's potential impact, with some warning it could leave many out of work in future.

    The pessimists argue AI is different to previous forms of technological change, because robots and algorithms will be able to do intellectual as well as routine physical tasks.

  12. Background: What is AI? What does artificial intelligence do?

    Sir Stephen Hawking

    Artificial intelligence - or AI for short - is technology that enables a computer to think or act in a more 'human' way. It does this by taking in information from its surroundings, and deciding its response based on what it learns or senses.

    It affects the the way we live, work and have fun in our spare time - and sometimes without us even realising.

    AI is becoming a bigger part of our lives, as the technology behind it becomes more and more advanced. Machines are improving their ability to 'learn' from mistakes and change how they approach a task the next time they try it.

    Some researchers are even trying to teach robots about feelings and emotions.

    You might not realise some of the devices and daily activities which rely on AI technology - phones, video games and going shopping, for example.

    Many people have concerns about AI technology and teaching robots too much.

    Famous scientist Sir Stephen Hawking spoke out about it in the past. He said that although the AI we've made so far has been very useful and helpful, he worried that if we teach robots too much, they could become smarter than humans and potentially cause problems.

    Read more here.

  13. Background: Scotland to get AI health research centre

    AI

    Scotland is to get its own £15.8m artificial intelligence (AI) health research centre.

    The Glasgow-based centre will look at how AI could improve patient diagnosis and treatment.

    It will bring together experts to explore using AI in the treatment of strokes and some cancers.

    It is hoped that using technology to process large amounts of data will allow the health service to operate more quickly and efficiently.

    The centre will be known as the Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics (iCAIRD).

    Read more here.

  14. Background: AI could become 'an enemy of the human race' warns expert

    Video content

    Video caption: Dr Stuart Russell warns AI could be humanity's downfall

    Leading artificial intelligence expert Dr Stuart Russell warns in his new book, Human Compatible: AI and the Problem of Control, that AI could become "an enemy of the human race".

    Dr Russell told BBC Radio 4's Today the danger is not that AI will develop consciousness, but that it will become "too competent" at fulfilling objectives which human's have not fully thought through.

  15. Background: Police to use AI recognition drones to help find the missing

    Drones are an increasingly common sight and, outwardly, this one is no different
    Image caption: Drones are an increasingly common sight and, outwardly, this one is no different

    Police Scotland has unveiled a new aerial drone system to help in searches for missing and vulnerable people.

    The remotely-piloted aircraft system (RPAS) can see things we can't to try to work out where people are.

    It uses advanced cameras and neural computer networks to spot someone it is looking for - from "a speck" up to 150 metres away.

    Its recognition software is compact enough to be run on a phone, with the technology learning as it goes.

    Read more here.

  16. Background: How AI could change the job market?

    How AI could change the job market
  17. 80% of primary pupils will do jobs that do not exist yet

    The Lib Dem MSP says 80% of primary schoolchildren will end up doing a job that does not yet exist, making education even more vital.

    We must invest in the skills we need and this starts early he insists.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton says there will also need to be huge investment into research and development if we are to keep ahead of the curve.

  18. AI and the advances in robotics must be welcomed says Lib Dem MSP

    Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton
    Image caption: Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton

    Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton says AI and the advances in robotics must be welcomed.

    The need for preparing for the skills required is crucial, he says.

    Hundreds of jobs in Edinburgh could be lost due to automation as we learned today with the news about Phoenix Group, says Mr Cole-Hamilton.

    About 500 jobs could be lost in Edinburgh over the next three years, as one of the city's financial giants invests in automation.

    Phoenix Group, which last year took over much of Standard Life, has announced a tie-up with a software, technology and outsourcing company.

    The deal will see many of its workers transfer to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).