Morning, Thursday, 10th September 2020
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference focuses on AI technologies in the UK.
Delegates will discuss developments so far and priorities going forward for:
- supporting the UK’s commercial AI sector,
- putting in place data standards and infrastructure, and
- addressing key ethical issues.
We also expect discussion on the contribution of AI to the work going on to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and what can be learned and taken forward from the response of the sector in areas such as responsiveness, agility and collaboration.
Developments that are relevant to the discussion:
It takes place with:
- Policy progress and developments, including:
- Guidance for users of AI:
- Ethics and trust - with publications from the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI), including:
- Skills and the talent pipeline:
The discussion in detail:
Data protection, transparency, trust and tackling bias, looking at:
- mitigating potential risks to personal data and privacy associated with AI across the public and private sectors,
- increasing the availability of data sets for use in AI development, including:
- personal data such as healthcare records, as well as systems data, and
- balancing openness with ethical and privacy considerations.
- how best to achieve transparency with respect to AI-driven decision-making,
- addressing bias in algorithmic decision-making, and its replication when resulting data sets are re-used, and
- the wider applicability of the data trust concept and how it might be rolled out across further use cases and sectors of the economy.
Infrastructure for AI, looking at:
- putting in place the data infrastructure necessary to support the development of AI technologies in the UK, and
- securing the availability of large, high-quality and consistently-formatted data sets.
R&D in the UK, looking at:
- funding for research and development in the UK, including from public sector to support research in UK universities and other institutions,
- the way forward for fostering collaboration between universities and commercial organisations,
- the future role for university start-up incubator programmes, and
- developing models for commercialising academic research in AI.
Skills, education and the talent pipeline, including:
- progress of the Centres for Doctoral Training programme, as well as the delivery of AI Masters courses, and
- attracting talent from overseas and retaining talent in the UK - including the potential implications of the Government’s proposals for the future immigration system.
Key considerations for public-sector bodies, including:
- accountability, and
- recognising the present limitations of the technology.
Developing the UK’s commercial AI sector, looking at:
- driving investment in UK artificial intelligence start-ups and scale-ups, and what more is needed from policymakers and public sector bodies, as well as from investors and venture capital firms,
- increasing the availability and diversity of funding sources and better connecting them with AI ventures,
- priorities for AI start-ups themselves in establishing themselves as attractive and viable investment prospects. and
- increasing the availability of business support resources for UK AI ventures.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the role of AI in the response, including:
- efforts underway to develop contact-tracing mobile applications utilising AI technologies,
- development of predictive computer models of the course of the outbreak,
- what further benefits AI technologies might offer in developing responses to the pandemic and exit strategies - both in the UK and internationally.
- Developing the UK’s AI sector - progress so far and next steps for policy;
- Addressing key ethical concerns around artificial intelligence:
- Auditing the handling and use of data in AI development and assessing the key implications for privacy and data protection;
- Addressing algorithmic bias in artificial intelligence - developing and promulgating best practice; and
- Key legal and regulatory implications of the widespread uptake of AI technologies.
- Research and development in AI technologies in the UK - funding, collaboration between universities and industry, and the talent pipeline;
- Funding and investment in AI start-ups and scale-ups in the UK; and
- Priorities for developing the UK’s commercial AI sector
Policy officials attending:
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.
It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; HM Treasury; the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation; DCMS; the Competition and Markets Authority; Department for International Trade; the Better Regulation Executive; Department for Transport; the Department of Health and Social Care; the Geospatial Commission; HM Revenue & Customs; Home Office; MHCLG and the Ministry of Defence.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference