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Alan Turing Institute to lead AI Standards Hub

13/01/22

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The UK Government has announced the creation of an AI Standards Hub to work on improving the governance of artificial intelligence.

A pilot of the hub – an online platform to bring together the national AI community – will be led by the Alan Turing Institute supported by the British Standards Institution and National Physical Laboratory.

The move puts into effect one element of the National AI Strategy and is aimed at increasing the UK’s contribution to the development of global AI technical standards.

In the pilot phase the hub will focus on increasing UK engagement in developing worldwide standards, bringing the community together through workshops, events and the platform, creating tools and guidance for education, training and professional development, and exploring international collaboration.

A series of roundtables will be held ahead of its launch to shape its activities.

Transformative impact

Minister for Science, Research and Innovation George Freeman said: “The transformative impact of AI is quickly becoming central to our economy and society, already playing a key role in everything from climate science and medical diagnostics to factory robotics and climate change mapping.

“The UK is one of the world’s most advanced developers and users of AI.

“The key to building on this is maintaining public trust through leading in global regulation and standards. That’s why I am thrilled to see the esteemed Alan Turing Institute selected to lead the pilot of our AI Standards Hub, helping to shape and strengthen the governance of AI globally while reinforcing the UK’s position at the forefront of AI technology.”

Announcing the move, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said more information will be made available in due course.

This follows the recent publication of a roadmap towards the ethical use of AI by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.

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