Important “UK is ready”, says government on increasing capabilities of AI

robot android women with light“Robots are now beating humans at even the most complex games” says Nicola Blackwood MP, talking after the UK government’s Science and Technology Committee announced its inquiry into robotics and artificial intelligence.

“Artificial intelligence (AI) will play an increasing role in our lives over the coming years. From navigation systems to medical treatments, and from new manufacturing techniques to unmanned vehicles. New applications are rapidly being developed that involve robotic decision making”.

She added: “It is important that the UK is ready with the research, innovation and skills to be able to fully take advantage of the opportunities and manage any risks. The global market for the AI sector is expected to grow to $2-6 trillion by 2025”.

The UK government hallmarked robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) as one of the ‘Eight Great Technologies’ back in 2012. The new inquiry welcomes written submission on robotics and AI, with a deadline set at the end of next month.

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