Major businesses are backing a world-first industry and government collaboration to develop the next generation of artificial intelligence (AI) talent in the UK.
A series of measures have been announced today by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, aimed at boosting the UK’s data capability.
The package includes:
- The launch of a consultation on the Centre’s remit and a search for the team to run it;
- New plans to develop a National Data Strategy to unlock the power of data in the UK;
- Measures to increase the UK’s leading role in the ethical use of data in the public sector;
- £350,000 to help Internet of Things (IoT) innovators and the emerging technology sector;
- The South West being selected as one of two areas designated as a Digital Skills Pilot Area, with the establishment of a new Digital Skills Partnership to build a thriving digital economy in the region.
The Government also confirmed that Ofqual’s Roger Taylor will chair the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. It will advise on the measures needed to enable and ensure safe, ethical and innovative uses of data-driven technologies. This will help to achieve the Government’s aim of making the UK the best place in the world for businesses developing artificial intelligence (AI) to start, grow and thrive.
These new plans follow the Government’s £1 billion AI sector deal, which includes more than £300 million of newly-allocated government funding intended to harness the potential of AI and cement the UK’s reputation as a global AI hub.
To ensure the UK is the go-to destination for AI innovation and investment, the Government has also committed to an AI Masters Programme. This is set to build the next generation of AI talent and allow young people to develop the skills needed to boost productivity and maintain the UK’s competitiveness on the global stage.