NEWS22 September 2021

UK sets out artificial intelligence strategy

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UK – The government has outlined artificial intelligence (AI) plans as part of a push to position the UK as a global leader in the governance of AI technologies.

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The strategy includes plans to launch a national AI research and innovation programme with the objective of improved coordination between researchers and increased public sector adoption of AI technologies.

There are also proposals to publish a white paper on the governance and regulation of AI, pilot an AI Standards Hub, and work with the Alan Turing Institute on AI ethics guidance.

Other plans include:

  • A joint Office for AI (OAI) and UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) programme aimed at developing AI in sectors based outside of London and the south-east
  • A review with UKRI into the capacity of computing power for UK researchers and organisations
  • A consultation on copyright and patents for AI through the Intellectual Property Office.

The department for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) said the strategy would focus on investing in the long-term growth of AI; making sure that it benefits all sectors and regions; and that it is governed effectively.

The launch of a strategy for AI follows recommendations from the AI Council in January 2021 and the introduction of the national data strategy.

Chris Philp, minister, department for digital, culture, media and sport, said: “Artificial intelligence technologies generate billions for the economy and improve our lives. They power the technology we use on a daily basis and help save lives through better disease diagnosis and drug discovery.”

Edwina Dunn, interim chair at the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, said: “I’m delighted to see the national AI strategy published today, setting out a plan to cement the UK’s position as a global leader in the development and deployment of trustworthy AI.

“Putting the right governance regime in place will be crucial, and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation will soon be publishing an AI assurance roadmap to help build an ecosystem of products and services for evaluating the trustworthiness of AI systems.”