The Government recently published its AI Regulation White Paper to guide the future use of artificial intelligence in the UK and to drive responsible innovation and maintain public trust in artificial intelligence. The paper outlines five clear principles that will help to facilitate the safe and innovative use of AI in industries across the UK, including security, transparency and accountability.
As a Minister in the Department for Science, Innovation & Technology, I am incredibly pleased by this latest step to strengthen the UK’s position as a global leader in this revolutionary technology, making it easier for businesses and organisations to invest in AI and build the necessary infrastructure for it.
The UK’s AI industry is already thriving, driving growth and delivering real benefits for people, such as helping doctors and British farmers in their respective fields. 50,000 people have been employed in the industry and it is contributed £3.7 billion to the UK economy last year. Britain is home to twice as many companies providing AI products and services as any other European country and more are created each year.
It is my hope that this White Paper, and the consultation with organisations and individuals who work with AI set to follow in the next twelve months, will create the right environment for businesses to innovate, grow and create jobs while helping to deliver stronger economic growth and improve people’s lives.
For those interested in learning more, I have attached below a copy of a letter I received from my ministerial colleague, Michelle Donelan, the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, outlining the proposals in the white paper. While the full text of the White Paper can be read here.