The Alan Turing Institute, supported by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), will pilot a new UK government initiative aiming to shape global technical standards for Artificial Intelligence and expand the country's contribution to the field. The hub is backed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Office for AI (OAI). The new AI Standard Hub will create practical tools for businesses, bring the UK's AI community together through a new online platform, and develop educational materials to help organisations contribute, develop and meet global standards. This will help put the UK at the forefront of this rapidly developing area. The Hub is part of the National AI Strategy and will aim to increase UK contribution to development of global AI technical standards.
A new initiative to shape international standards for Artificial Intelligence (AI) was launched last week by the UK government, as part of its strategy to become a global AI power. The "AI Standards Hub" will focus on governance and guidance and falls under the National AI Strategy that aims to increase Britain's contribution to development of global AI technical standards. The Alan Turing Institute, the London-based data science and AI organisation, has been selected to lead the pilot with support from the British Standards Institution and National Physical Laboratory. "The new AI Standard Hub will create practical tools for businesses, bring the UK's AI community together through a new online platform, and develop educational materials to help organisations develop and benefit from global standards," the government announced, adding that the move puts the country at the "forefront" of a rapidly developing industry. "On the face of it, the AI Standards Hub offers some substance to the government's claims of Britain being a tech power and paves the way for it to play a leadership role in shaping AI at the global level," London-based political risk analyst Mikhail Sebastian told TRT World.
The Alan Turing Institute, supported by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), will pilot a new UK government initiative with the goal of helping to shape global technical standards for artificial intelligence. This initiative, called the "AI Standards Hub" will be tasked with creating practical tools for businesses, bringing the UK's AI community together through a new online platform, and developing educational materials to help organisations contribute, develop and meet global standards. The Hub is part of the UK national AI strategy. Ahead of the pilot's launch, there will be a series of roundtables with a wide range of organisations led by The Alan Turing Institute to shape the Hub's activities. The move follows the December 2021 launch of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation's (CDEI) roadmap to an effective AI assurance ecosystem, which is also part of the National AI Strategy.
Hot on the heels of the UK's National AI Strategy - launched in September last year - comes the AI Standards Hub, a new government initiative, proposed in the Strategy, which aims to shape global standards for the technology. Britain's Alan Turing Institute, the London-based AI and data science organization founded in 2015, will lead the pilot, with support from the British Standards Institution (the BSI) and metrology institute the National Physical Laboratory. Three august and widely respected bodies, backed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK's Office for AI, which sits across DCMS and what is still called the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), even though the Prime Minister scrapped the Industrial Strategy last year - arguably the one bit of government that had been working. That aside, the move adds some much-needed substance to Whitehall claims of world leadership in AI and the UK being a "science and technology superpower". It does this by seeking to focus the debate on standards and regulation at global scale.
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