It’s here — the UK government’s much-anticipated digital strategy. And if there’s one thing we can hope for, it’s that the vision for Britain’s digital future seems very, very bright.
This Wednesday, in a session led by chief executive of AI firm BenevolentAI, Jerome Pesenti, and computer scientist Dame Wendy Hall,) saw the government reveal their plans to prioritise artificial intelligence and skills in their initiative to promote Britain as a world-leading digital economy. The excitement was palpable:
— John Brown (@brownbare) March 1, 2017
Lloyds to support 2.5 million people to gain basic digital skills by 2020. Great commitment #UKDigitalStrategy
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— BarclaysGovRelations (@Barclays_pa) March 1, 2017
With a proposal to offer over millions of individuals and businesses free digital skills training opportunities, and the likes of corporate giants Google, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group backing the campaign, the investment into a powerful digital workforce and future technologies is definitely promising. Whether or not this bold vision is transformed into a reality?
As for the government’s £20m venture into artificial intelligence research, robots, driverless cars and supercomputers that can spot tumours more accurately than qualified doctors could soon become normality. Experts believe “£654 billion can be added to the British economy by 2035 if the growth potential in AI is achieved”.
In the wake of Britain’s lengthy and as-yet ambiguous exit from the EU, the government’s vow to spearhead the digital revolution are assertive. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley assured that this digital strategy “sets a path to make Britain the best place to start and grow a digital business, trial a new technology, or undertake advanced research as part of the government’s plan to build a modern, dynamic and global trading nation”.
Our thoughts? Viva la (digital) revolución!