Government outlines key investments in the AI sector

In response to a Written Question, Government Minister, Lord Henley, has outlined key investments the Government has made in developing artificial intelligence in the UK.

The Government has stated it wants people to be able to ‘capitalise’ on the opportunities that AI can bring to businesses across the UK. The AI Sector Deal boasted a package of up to £0.95 billion in support of the sector. Since the Sector Deal launch in April 2018, the Government has invested in a number of areas. This includes:

  • Announcement of £20 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) support for Next Generation Services using artificial intelligence, and £210 million ISCF support for Data to early diagnostics and precision medicine which includes using AI to analyse medical images in digital pathology.
  • Funded up to £50m for five new centres of excellence for digital pathology and imaging, including radiology, using AI medical advances.
  • Funded £30m for the new Bayes Centre in Edinburgh, a world-leading centre of data science and AI in October 2018.
  • £3m for three new research projects to investigate how businesses can make best use of AI in insurance and law as well as analysing consumer attitudes to AI.
  • Announced up to £79 million of Government funding to study 5 million healthy people to develop new diagnostic tests using AI.
  • Announced up to £79 million for three new AI programmes to transform engineering, urban planning and healthcare.
  • Announced £600,000 funding for UK-Korea Health Sciences collaboration to focus on better diagnosis of dementia through the use of AI.
  • 40 artificial intelligence and data analytics projects, backed by £13 million in Government, announced to boost productivity and improve customer service.

The full Parliamentary Written Question and Answer can be found here.


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