The United Kingdom announces the launch of its new initiative to develop a global standard for artificial intelligence. The United Kingdom’s government has chosen The Alan Turing Institute, supported by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), to carry out this artificial intelligence initiative.
Along with the two institutions, the artificial intelligence hub will also be backed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) and the Office for AI (OAI). As a part of the country’s national artificial intelligence policy, the selected organization will develop an AI hub to boost the contribution of the UK in setting global technical standards for artificial intelligence technologies.
According to the government, new research pointed out that over 1.3 million UK businesses will use AI by 2040, and a massive rise in expenditure in artificial intelligence can be expected during the same period. The newly launched initiative will play a crucial role in facilitating innovations in AI technology and also tap the economic potential of the rapidly growing industry.
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DCMS Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy, Chris Philp, said, “It marks the first step in delivering our new National AI Strategy and will develop the tools needed so organisations and consumers can benefit from all the opportunities of AI. We want the UK to lead the world in developing AI standards.”
He further added that the country must remain at the forefront of this AI transformation which is already improving ease of life and can create innumerable job opportunities in the UK.
A prime motive of setting AI standards is to ensure the safe deployment of artificial intelligence solutions in the country, as there are several concerts related to the safety and ethical use of AI solutions. Last year, the UK government also published the world’s first roadmap to accelerate the growth of the artificial intelligence ecosystem in the country.
“The transformative impact of AI is quickly becoming central to our economy and society, already playing a key role in everything from climate science and medical diagnostics to factory robotics and climate change mapping,” said BEIS Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, George Freeman.