UK ‘must boost AI industry and lead the sector’

The government has been urged to boost the UK’s rapidly developing artificial intelligence (AI) industry and help the nation become a leader in the sector. A new industry-led independent review […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The government has been urged to boost the UK’s rapidly developing artificial intelligence (AI) industry and help the nation become a leader in the sector.

A new industry-led independent review suggests AI technologies could help increase productivity, improve services for customers and unlock £630 billion for the economy.

The report suggests it could help businesses and consumers by monitoring supply chains to reduce loss and waste, as well as improving electricity grid management to save costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

It also claims driverless cars will make the roads safer, cleaner and less congested for both pedestrians and drivers.

The review makes a series of recommendations, including the need to develop skills by introducing industry-funded university courses, increase uptake by demonstrating how AI can boost productivity and ensure data is safe, secure and accessible.

It also says dedicated research institutes in the field need to be set up.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “We will continue to work with the sector in the coming months to secure a comprehensive Sector Deal that make the UK the go to place for AI and helps us grasp the opportunities that lie ahead.”