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UK enlists DeepMind's Demis Hassabis to advise its new Government Office for AI


The British government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has enlisted Demis Hassabis, co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, to advise its "new Government Office for Artificial Intelligence". The aim, says the DCMS, is "to help the country build the skills and capability it needs to capitalise on the huge social and economic potential of AI -- a key part of the government's modern industrial strategy". The DCMS has also involved two other leading figures in the AI scene. Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of CognitionX, will chair a new AI Council and become AI Business Champion. Professor Dame Wendy Hall, from the University of Southampton, will be the first Skills Champion for AI in the UK.

World-leading expert Demis Hassabis to advise new Government Office for Artificial Intelligence


Globally-renowned AI expert Dr Demis Hassabis will today be confirmed as an adviser to the new Office for Artificial Intelligence as the UK looks to cement its place as a world leader in the fast-growing technology. Hassabis, who is the co-founder of leading AI research company DeepMind, will provide expert industry guidance to help the country build the skills and capability it needs to capitalise on the huge social and economic potential of AI - a key part of the Government's modern Industrial Strategy. Digital Secretary Matt Hancock will also confirm Tabitha Goldstaub as the chair and spokesperson of the AI Council, a new industry body tasked with increasing growth in the AI sector and promoting its adoption in other sectors of the economy. Tabitha Goldstaub is the co-founder of AI company CognitionX, an online platform which provides companies with information and access to AI experts to boost their businesses, and runs CogX, one of the largest gatherings of AI experts in the world. She led the team who wrote the influential report London: the AI Growth Capital of Europe, and was the co-founder of Rightster, the largest online video distribution company outside the US.

Government names DeepMind chief as top AI adviser


Demis Hassabis, chief executive of UK-based tech company DeepMind, has been picked to advise the government's newly created Office for Artificial Intelligence. Hassabis (pictured above), who co-founded the Google-owned AI specialist, will "provide expert industry guidance" to the recently formed government body. The Office for AI was created as part of the Industrial Strategy unveiled by the government in November 2017, and has responsibility for delivering the initiatives set out in the £1bn AI Sector Deal published in April. "I'm honoured to be taking on the role of Adviser to the Office for AI, and look forward to the huge opportunity that lies ahead," Hassabis said. "I've always believed that AI could be one of the most important and widely beneficial breakthroughs of the 21st century – and as a proud Londoner, it's fantastic to see the UK's world-class universities and start-ups already making major scientific advances.

Why Artificial Intelligence needs women


Artificial Intelligence seems to be reinforcing gender stereotypes. In 2016, a university professor from Virginia noticed that the image recognition system he was working on often associated picture of kitchens with women. Intrigued, he and his colleagues tested large collections of photos used to train this kind of software. What they discovered was shocking. The software's depiction of common activities showed a definite gender bias.

Spelling out the potential offered by AI from A to Z


Plenty of supposed experts boast about their knowledge of artificial intelligence, but how many really know what they're talking about? It's a question that's been asked often by entrepreneurs seeking advice and one that has led directly to a start-up that helps businesses to tap into the rise of AI without being conned. Tabitha Goldstaub and Charlie Muirhead, founders of CognitionX, previously had started a video company called Rightster, where they had tried -- and failed -- to build AI tools, despite enlisting the talents of 100 software engineers. "There was all the goodwill in the world, top-down support from Charlie, who was the chief executive, and yet after a year we had nothing to show for it," says Ms Goldstaub, 33, who was leading the AI…