Government’s Digital Strategy to include support for AI sector

The Government is to announce support for Britain’s artificial intelligence (AI) sector as part of its Digital Strategy, which is expected to be revealed this week.

The strategy will help to bring a boost to the AI sector following research from professional services company Accenture, which found that the sector could help to bring an additional £654 billion to the UK economy by 2035.

Proposals

The Digital Strategy is expected to include a number of proposals for the AI sector and aims to help the UK to become a global leader in technologies, including cyber security and driverless cars.

The AI proposals are expected to include a review to identify the elements that are critical to the UK’s AI sector and to look at how the government and industry can work together to help provide support to the sector.

There is also expected to be a financial boost from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which will see over £17 million of funding going to universities across the UK to help them to develop robotics and AI technologies.

Competitive

Business Secretary Greg Clark stated that investing in AI and robotics will help to make the British economy more competitive, build on its world-leading reputation in these sectors and help to create new products, develop innovative services and create better methods of conducting business.

He added: “Innovation is at the heart of our Industrial Strategy and the launch of the Government’s Digital Strategy underlines our commitment to this vital sector. By supporting British businesses and investing in dynamic fields such as robotics and AI, we will help put the UK at the forefront of global innovation.”

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