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Government launches AI standards initiative

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The Alan Turing Institute, supported by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), will pilot a new UK government initiative to develop global technical standards for Artificial Intelligence.

The new AI Standard Hub will create practical tools for businesses, bring the UK’s AI community together through a new online platform, and develop educational materials to help organisations develop and benefit from global standards. The Hub will work to improve the governance of AI, complement pro-innovation regulation and unlock the potential of these technologies.

Adrian Smith, director and chief executive of The Alan Turing Institute, explained, “International standards are set to play an increasingly crucial enabling role in the adoption and effective governance of AI technologies. Given our place at the heart of the UK’s thriving AI ecosystem, I am delighted to see the Turing identified as the home of this important new initiative.

“We look forward to working closely with our partners in establishing the AI Standards Hub, leveraging our expertise and networks to build and engage an inclusive, multi-stakeholder community around AI standardisation.”

Chris Philp, minister for tech and the digital economy, added, “It’s imperative the UK remains at the forefront of this transformative technology which is already improving our lives and has huge potential to create new jobs and wealth.

“Today I’m confirming that the renowned Alan Turing Institute will lead the trial of a new UK programme with support from the British Standards Institution and National Physical Laboratory to help shape and improve the global standards for artificial intelligence.”

The move kicks off one part of the UK’s new National AI Strategy, a ten-year plan to “harness AI to transform the economy and society while leading governance and standards to ensure everyone benefits”.