Government AI Taskforce headed up by tech guru

June 19, 2023


The Government’s AI Foundation Model Taskforce is to be chaired by expert and tech entrepreneur Ian Hogarth.

Hogarth reports to the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Technology Secretary Chloe Smith.

The Taskforce will lead vital AI safety research and has been given £100m of public funding.

Cambridge University graduate Hogarth said:”UK scientists and entrepreneurs have made many important contributions to the field of AI, from Alan Turing through to AlphaFold.

“The Prime Minister has laid out a bold vision for the UK to supercharge the field of AI safety, one that until now has been under-resourced even as AI capabilities have accelerated.

“I’m honoured to have the chance to chair such an important mission in the lead up to the first global summit on AI Safety in the UK.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “The more artificial intelligence progresses, the greater the opportunities are to grow our economy and deliver better public services.

“But with such potential to transform our future, we owe it to our children and our grandchildren to ensure AI develops safely and responsibly.

“As one of the leading figures in UK tech, it’s great to have Ian leading our expert taskforce, empowered with authority and agility to build our leadership in AI safety and development.

“It will ensure we do things differently and move with the same pace and vigour as we rise to meet the task ahead.”


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