AI Sector Deal Turns One – Is it Walking Or Crawling? (The Week in AI)

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BEIS and DCMS were proud to herald the one year anniversary of the launch of the AI sector deal this week. With the lofty goal of making the UK the leading destination for AI innovation and investment, it's a good time to examine progress to date.

Cynics may criticise some of the causal inference used in the rosy picture of how the UK outstrips European competitors, but even anecdotally there has been praise for the Government’s efforts in supporting industry and R&D in the AI space as part of the sector deal.

It is early stages and the fruits of endeavours like the AI skills and talent package (just three months old) will not be seen overnight.

However, there are areas where it looks like we could be more fleet of foot. It might be disappointing for some to learn, for instance, that the AI Council has yet to even meet.

News in Brief:

Around Whitehall:

Liam Fox MP champions UK digital economy at Paris meeting

In a speech to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conference held in Paris, UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox MP hailed the UK’s efforts in becoming a world-leading digital hub. He cited the $1.3 billion AI firms raised which almost equalled the amount raised by the rest of Europe.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rt-hon-dr-liam-fox-mp-champions-uk-digital-economy-at-paris-meeting

ICO wades into facial recognition debate

A barrister acting for ICO chief Elizabeth Denham calls for a clear code of conduct on police use of facial recognition technology.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/23/facial-recognition-cameras-watchdog-code-regulate-police

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