Posted on June 26, 2018 by staff

World-renowned experts join UK’s new ‘Office for AI’


The government has announced the latest additions to its new ‘Office for Artificial Intelligence’ which it hopes will bolster its position as a world leader in AI.

Dr Demis Hassabis CBE, the co-founder of AI research company DeepMind, will provide his expertise as an adviser.

Hassabis has been brought in to provide expert industry guidance as the UK builds the skills and capability it needs to maintain its position as a leader in AI development.

“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,” said Hassabis.

“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.

“Alongside the research, I’m very excited about the role the UK can play in making the case globally for AI’s safe and ethical deployment.”

In addition, CognitionX co-founder Tabitha Goldstaub will chair a new AI Council.

The online platform 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.

“Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform our world for the better but to be successful we need to galvanize people in businesses right across the country,” said Goldstaub, who was also the co-founder of Rightster, the largest online video distribution company outside the US.

“I’m honoured to be named chair of the AI Council because I’m passionate about championing the rapid and responsible adoption of this cutting-edge technology.

“By focusing on skills, data ethics and diversity, we can boost innovation and funding and put the UK at the forefront of this exciting and revolutionary sector.”