Westminster eForum

Next steps for UK artificial intelligence policy: investment, ethics and implementing the Sector Deal

December 2018

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

It took place in the context of the Government’s ambition for the UK to be a world leader on AI, and plans for investment in skills, infrastructure and research, as well as new finance for start-ups and scale-ups, as well as support for creating ‘clusters’ of AI-focused businesses across the country outlined in the AI Sector Deal, and the Artificial Intelligence and Data Grand Challenge in the Industrial Strategy.

Areas of discussion included:

  • 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
  • - 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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster eForum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates