Safety and ethics tackled in new AI guidance

The Office for Artificial Intelligence has today published guidance on building and using artificial intelligence in the public sector, featuring information on implementing AI safely and ethically.

The UK is in the top three countries globally in the development of AI technologies.

Analysts at PwC estimate that AI could contribute £12.2trn to the global economy by 2030, and could increase productivity in the UK by 14.3%.

Minister for implementation, Oliver Dowden said there are huge opportunities for government to capitalise on this exciting new technology.

"For citizens, the application of AI technologies will result in a more personalised and efficient experience. For people working in the public sector it means a reduction in the hours they spend on basic tasks, which will give them more time to spend on innovative ways to improve services," he said.

"When government and citizens benefit, so does the economy. This year, the UK government ranked second globally in terms of AI readiness, and as the country most prepared within Western Europe to realise the benefits of AI in delivering public services. Putting this readiness into practice and procuring innovative solutions from the UK’s thriving tech sector will, in turn, benefit our economy and grow new and innovative markets across sectors."

The guidance draws on best practice from the both commercial and public sectors.

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