Tuesday newspaper round-up: Meta, Aviva Investors, Govia Thameslink

Mark Zuckerberg has announced his social media empire is building what he claims is the world’s fastest artificial intelligence supercomputer as part of plans to build a virtual metaverse. The Facebook founder said in a blogpost that the metaverse, a concept that blends the physical and digital world via virtual and augmented reality, will require “enormous” computing power. The AI supercomputer, dubbed AI Research SuperCluster (RSC) by Zuckerberg’s Meta business, is already the fifth fastest in the world, the company said. – Guardian
Aviva Investors, an important UK asset manager, has put the directors of 1,500 companies on notice that it is willing to seek their removal if they fail to show enough urgency in tackling issues including the climate crisis and human rights. The firm said the way it votes on the re-election of company board members in the upcoming AGM season would be heavily influenced by its four key stewardship priorities for the year, which also include biodiversity and executive pay. – Guardian

The biggest train operator in Britain is racing to avoid nationalisation as it struggles to overcome accounting failures in time to renew its contract. Plans have been drawn up to take Govia Thameslink into public control after its co-owner, Go-Ahead, on Monday delayed its accounts for a second time following a scandal at another of its rail franchises. – Telegraph

One of Britain’s biggest asset managers is exploring how it can enable individual investors and institutions to buy “tokens” in buildings, funds and infrastructure assets. Abrdn, the investment group formerly known as Standard Life Aberdeen, is working with Citigroup on how to broaden access to investments in real assets using blockchain technology. – The Times

A post-Brexit government trade agency has launched a review into whether the UK should drop anti-dumping sanctions against Chinese steel producers. The new Trade Remedies Authority is to investigate whether Britain should relax duties on imports of heavy steel plate from the world’s second largest economy. – The Times

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