New technologies such as predictive data analytics, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have the potential to be significant drivers of change across the UK economy and society. This ranges from personalising shopping experiences to improving public services delivery to increasing business efficiencies.
techUK’s AI Week explored the opportunities and benefits that the technology can bring to the UK. Throughout the week, members and key stakeholders gave their views on the value AI can bring to UK organisations, both in the public and private sector, and its role in increasing the UK’s digital productivity and economic growth.
This is, however, just the start of the conversation with techUK members. It is vitally important that all businesses and citizens feel ready and able to take advantage of these evolving technologies, now and in the future.
Through briefing sessions, roundtable meetings and events, techUK is raising greater awareness and understanding of the opportunities offered through the application of AI technologies in different sectors, and discussing with members how to create the right environment for AI companies to thrive and grow.
The publication in October of the independent review commissioned by Government, Growing the Artificial Intelligence Industry in the UK, is an important step in identifying where the UK must strengthen its technical, academic and research leadership to make it the best nation in the world for AI companies to thrive. techUK has welcomed the report’s recommendations which include a role for techUK in supporting the uptake of AI in the UK, a task that will be a focus of our 2018 AI activities.
With the technology sector increasingly being looked to for answers on key issues such as digital and data ethics, techUK is holding a Digital Ethics Summit in December to discuss the ethical issues raised by AI. This Summit will bring together philosophers, academics, industry and policy makers to consider the digital and data ethics questions being asked today and identify future ethical issues that may need to be addressed.
If you would like to get involved and help drive forward techUK’s AI work and activities, including our 2018 AI Week, please do get in touch. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy reading these insights.