Who is winning Europe’s AI slugfest?

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Pick of the week comes from the Telegraph’s special tech correspondent Harry de Quetteville taking a refreshed look at the AI arms race in Europe (read here). The article opens with a look at some of the machine learning challenges and prizes set by Kaggle and uses it to illuminate some of the advances being made in specific AI (as opposed to artificial general intelligence).

De Quetteville counters some of the despairing voices fretting over Europe’s place in the AI world order by sharing statistics that show Europe has the highest share of academic papers on AI published at 28 per cent, with the UK by far the biggest contributor.

The article draws a parallel between the different approaches taken in China and the U.S. between those taken in the UK and continental Europe, suggesting that the UK model favours a free market, deregulated approach in comparison to the top-down model espoused by Germany. How that squares with the UK’s own £1 billion sector deal and the establishment of government-led regulatory adviser the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation is a question that begs asking.

In any event, de Quetteville’s article paints a positive picture of the UK’s contribution to global AI innovation and the opportunities that lie ahead for Britain to be a true leader.

News in Brief:

Around Whitehall:

Chancellor stresses the importance of investing in AI at CBI Davos lunch:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/davos-2019-chancellors-speech-at-the-cbis-british-business-leaders-lunch

Innovate UK celebrates Oxbotica funding success

https://www.gov.uk/government/case-studies/oxbotica-ai-firm-develops-brain-for-autonomous-vehicles

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