Government places £1bn bet on AI
The government has published its AI Sector Deal, including details of major funding from the public, private, and research sectors
- Building skills in maths and technology with a £406m investment scheme that provides for the recruitment of an additional 8,000 computer science teachers, and the creation of a National Centre for Computing
- Driving the use of AI in the services sector with a £20m programme to support research and development
- Developing AI and robotics for use in “extreme environments” – such as nuclear energy facilities, mines, and outer space – through a £93m government challenge fund, as well as investment of £69m from industry partners
- The creation of a £20m GovTech Fund to help businesses develop AI tools for use in the public sector
- A £300m investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to support research related to AI and data science
- An additional £83m from the EPSRC to be distributed in 159 AI research grants
- Supporting the work of the Alan Turing Institute with backing of £72m, including £42m from EPSRC and a cumulative £30m from Lloyds Register, Intel, and ARM
- Creating about 200 new doctoral studentships in AI and other related subject areas, with a goal of having “at least 1,000 government-supported PhD places at any one time” by 2025
- Doubling the number of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas issued each year to 2,000, in a bid to “attract the best talent” from around the world
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