Conference on next steps for AI policy: investment, ethics and the sector deal

4th December 2018 @ 09:00 – 13:00 Europe/London Timezone

This timely seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the next steps in the UK’s AI policy.

It follows publication of the AI Sector Deal, which sets out the Government’s ambition for the UK to be a world leader on AI and details plans for investment in skills, infrastructure, research, new finance for start-ups and scale-ups, and support for creating ‘clusters’ of AI-focused businesses across the country.

The agenda includes keynote contributions from: Professor Dame Wendy Hall, who led the Government-commissioned independent review of AI and robotics which informed the Sector Deal; Dr Rannia Leontaridi, who oversees the development of the Government’s new Office for Artificial Intelligence and Dr Zoë Webster, whose work as Director for AI and the Data Economy, Innovate UK, focuses on how the data economy can support the growth of AI in the UK.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Research and innovation – opportunities and practical next steps for the Government, research councils, universities and businesses to collaborate;
  • Infrastructure – developing data infrastructure, the Government’s proposals for ‘Data Trusts’, and 5G, fibre broadband and shared access to ‘supercomputer’ facilities;
  • Investment – priorities for business and the Government in encouraging private patient capital and other forms of support for start-ups and AI clusters;
  • Ethics – latest thinking on designing and regulating a fit-for-purpose ethical framework for the use of AI and the data upon which it relies; and
  • Skills – the likely impact of the new AI Masters programmes and AI Centres for Doctoral Training, emanating from the Sector Deal, and preparing the current and future workforce for an increasingly-automated world.


The draft agenda you can download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster eForum.