Leading experts join AI Council to help UK AI sector thrive

AI CouncilImage: Appointments made to UK's AI Council to boost the country's AI sector. Photo: courtesy of Gerd Altmann/Pixabay.

The UK government said that it has appointed leading experts to the AI Council, an independent expert committee which has been created to help drive growth in the artificial intelligence (AI) sector in the country.

Leaders from academia, business and data privacy organisations have been brought into the committee, which is expected to promote the adoption and ethical use of the AI technology in British businesses and organisations.

The appointments come in the wake of the first anniversary of the AI Sector Deal, which is part of the modern Industrial Strategy. The AI Sector Deal between the government and the AI sector aims to realise the full potential of the disruptive technology to the UK economy and also strengthen the country’s position as a leader in developing the technologies.

Included in the AI Council are online-only retailer Ocado chief technology officer Paul Clarke, The Alan Turing Institute chief executive Adrian Smith and Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation board member Dame Patricia Hodgson.

Other council members include AI for Good founder Kriti Sharma, UKRI chief executive Mark Walport and the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics founding director David Lane.

The appointed experts are expected to help put in place the right skills, ethics and data to help the country make the most of AI technologies.

Since its launch in 2018, the AI Sector Deal established the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, a body that offers independent, expert advice on the measures required to enable and ensure safe, ethical and innovative uses of AI and data-driven technologies.

The deal has helped create 16 new Centres for Doctoral Training at universities across the country, which are expected to deliver 1,000 new PhDs in the coming five years.

UK Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The use of Artificial Intelligence is becoming integral to people’s everyday lives, from companies protecting their customers from fraud to smart devices in our homes.

“The outstanding expertise of those joining our new AI Council will be invaluable as we look to develop this ever-changing industry into one that is world-leading, attracting the brightest and best to work in new highly-skilled jobs.”

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