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UKRI launches interactive map of AI ecosystem


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Detail of WAIFinder map
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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched an interactive digital map to provide information on the country’s AI ecosystem.

Named WAIFinder, it has been developed by the investment agency with the support of Nesta, the innovation agency for social good.

UKRI said the map will enable users to browse companies, funders, incubators and academic institutions that are involved in creating AI products, services, processes and research.

Esra Kasapoglu, director of AI and data economy at Innovate UK, the innovation agency within UKRI, said: “AI is already revolutionising the way we live and work. It has the potential to transform our economy and the UK is well positioned to be at the vanguard.

“With the launch of WAIFinder we can help connect innovators with ideas and opportunities and help shape the economy and society of tomorrow.”

Mallory Durran, director of data science practice at Nesta said: “WAIfinder is proving that advances in data science techniques and the increasing quality of the open data landscape can enable us to make important information more transparent.”

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