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UK initiative to shape global standards for AI

20 January 2022

THE ALAN Turing Institute, supported by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), is to pilot a new UK government initiative to lead in shaping global technical standards for Artificial Intelligence.

The new AI Standard Hub aims to 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.

BSI, the UK National Standards Body, and NPL, the country’s national metrology institute, will share their world-class expertise in developing standards and research to deliver the pilot with The Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and AI. The hub is backed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Office for AI (OAI).

The move kicks off one part of the UK’s new National AI Strategy, a ten-year plan to strengthen the country’s position as a "global science superpower".

DCMS Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy Chris Philp said: "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.

"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.

"It marks the first step in delivering our new National AI Strategy and will develop the tools needed so organisations and consumers can benefit from all the opportunities of AI. We want the UK to lead the world in developing AI standards."

New research predicts that the use of AI by businesses will more than double in the next twenty years, with more than 1.3 million UK businesses using artificial intelligence by 2040. It shows that in 2020, UK businesses spent around £63 billion on AI technology and AI related-labour and this is expected to reach more than £200 billion by 2040.