AI Summit a ‘Moment of critical importance’ for UK, says Tech Nation

30/10/2023

TECH Nation and a group of tech leaders have labelled the AI Safety Summit on November 1st and 2nd a ‘moment of critical importance’ for the UK in an open letter addressed to Rishi Sunak.

The letter was signed by over 20 leading AI founders, urging the UK government to adopt AI products and services across government departments as well as ‘cultivate the AI startup ecosystem’ in a bid to rival Silicon Valley’s AI dominance.

With government departments leading the AI charge and startups incentivised to invest in AI development, Tech Nation argued that public services would be enhanced, and government productivity would be transformed.

Margo Waldorf, Founder at Change Awards, commented: “In adopting AI products and services, organisations should not forget about the ‘human factor’, which is critical for change management. We should think about ‘how’ to use it too. What do our employees need to do differently? How is it going to affect our internal processes? What should we do to help them to scale it? These are the questions I would be asking, both on the technology implementation side and the people adoption one too.”

Sjuul van der Leeuw, CEO, Deployteq, said: “The AI Safety Summit is just days away and it is important for the UK to take the lead in providing guidance and regulations for the world to follow. In industries such as the marketing industry, AI offers huge business benefits however the challenges it presents must be overcome with the correct support from government and policymakers.”

From data analysis to personalisation, AI offers marketers the opportunity to use technology to support their creative work and we hope that enough is done for the benefits of MarTech to be truly realised. The UK must take a strong stance regarding regulation, laying the groundwork to promote innovation and creativity in a safe and secure manner.”

The letter comes ahead of the AI Summit at Bletchley Park on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd of November where the UK and global leaders will roadmap the future of artificial intelligence.

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