Britain’s Artificial Intelligence future: £1 billion set to be invested
Britain has launched a bold plan that will see over £1 billion invested into the UK’s growing artificial intelligence sector.
As part of the government’s wider industrial strategy, the deal to invest in British AI companies is designed to give what one government insider called a ‘leg up’ to a key emerging sector.
New £1bn #AISectorDeal to make UK a global leader in AI – seizing multi-billion £ economic opportunity & harnessing innovation to change people’s lives for the better #IndustrialStrategy https://t.co/wtjfLkGHyH pic.twitter.com/9x1hhiXrDa
— Dept for BEIS (@beisgovuk) 26 April 2018
The deal is the latest in a series of targeted public-private investment pacts in the government’s strategy that aims to modernize Britain’s economy and address decades of regional and industrial decline.
A government spokesperson said: “The investment announced on Thursday includes nearly 300 million pounds of private investment in projects such as a University of Cambridge AI supercomputer, and cash spent on European bases in Britain for Japanese and Canadian venture capital firms.
Beer brewed by artificial intelligence? Yep, that’s what I saw first-hand today @IntelligentX_ai – an example of how AI could transform every aspect of our lives & why the Gov’t is investing £1bn as part of the #AISectorDeal to place the UK at the forefront of this revolution. pic.twitter.com/jCgZdQI6Rt
— Sam Gyimah MP (@SamGyimah) 26 April 2018
“Those funds will be matched by more than 300 million pounds of public funding, on top of an existing 400 million pound budget. The funds will be spent on teacher training, research and developing regional technology hubs to explore how AI can be used in industries such as law and insurance.”
The deal is the latest in a series of targeted public-private investment pacts in the government’s industrial strategy that aims to modernize Britain’s economy and address decades of regional and industrial decline.
Meet MiRo the autonomous robot dog designed by UK’s @CqRMiRo – a great example of 🇬🇧 industry at the forefront of AI & innovation. He can remind people when to take medication, call for help if they fall & even suggest a cup of tea ☕ #InnovationIsGREAT #AISectorDeal pic.twitter.com/uUEGnU9ZDX
— Department for International Trade (@tradegovuk) 26 April 2018
“It’s evident that Britain is a place that people want to come to for AI,” business minister Greg Clark told Reuters during a visit to a facility in London that nurtures early-stage tech businesses from across the world.
“We have a position of strength that we want to capitalize on because if we don’t build on it the other countries around the world would steal a march.”
Governments worldwide are plowing cash AI to keep up with international rivals and seeking to harness its power to transform industries from transport to agriculture.
— Phil Derbyshire (@NanowireUK) 23 April 2018