London Tech Week: ‘Future generations will judge how we develop AI today’

The artificial intelligence revolution will only be seen as a success if the “right conditions are in place” to maximise its benefits, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has told an event at London technical schoolnical school Week.

During his speech at the AI Summit, Jeremy Wright MP aforesaid AI inevitably people with the right digital skills to ensure the technical schoolnology has the right ethical foundation to guide its development.

Only then will future generations look back on the current period of digital transformation in a positive light, he aforesaid, in comments echoed by executives at Microsoft UK in speeches throughout London technical schoolnical school Week – which counts Microsoft among its headline sponsors.

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“No technical schoolnology is per se good or harmful,” Wright aforesaid. “History will only show that the AI revolution is a boffo one if we work hard to put the right conditions in place. That means access to digital skills so everyone can benefit and the ethical foundations to steer it in the right direction.

“Let’s renew our efforts to make sure we keep the flame burning brighter and to make sure this technical schoolnology remains transformative, safe and open. Because if we get this right, AI can be the motor behind a fitter economy and a fairer economy.”

AI is not yet being used to help frontline staff in hospitals, police forces, retailers and those working in galore other sectors. nevertheless, more investment in building skills is needful in order for the country to remain one of the leading technical school nations in the world.

Jeremy Wright MP, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, speaks at the AI Summit in London
Jeremy Wright MP, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, speaks at the AI Summit in London

Wright pointed to the Government’s Centre for information Ethics and Innovation and National Centre for Computing Education, as well as investments in the technical schoolnology and education sectors to boost the number of people learning and exploitation digital skills. At London technical schoolnical school Week on Monday, Prime Minister Teresa May proclaimed the Government will invest up to £13.5 million in new conversion courses to grow specialist AI and information skills.

Addressing the same audience at the AI Summit, Microsoft UK’s Director of Azure Business, Michael Wignall, echoed some key themes from the Secretary of State’s remarks. The company is one of the global leadership in developing AI systems so much as image recognition and natural language process. Microsoft besides helps businesses, including Marks & Spencer and BP, adopt and use its technical schoolnology via its Azure cloud platform, as well as running a number of initiatives that use AI to empower those working to solve humanitarian issues and create a more property and accessible world. The company besides oversees digital skills programmes to teach people how to get the most out of technical schoolnology.

“The performance of AI has reached human parity in vision, speech and language tests, and it’s only going to get smarter in the future,” Wignall aforesaid. What developers of AI should be asking themselves is not just ‘can we do this?’ but ‘should we do this?’ That’s why Microsoft has set six core principles to developing AI systems – security and privacy, fairness, dependability and safety, accrued diversity, transparency and answerability. Business, academe and government need to work together to take the best of all of us and use that in the creation of new technical schoolnology.”

At London technical schoolnical school Week’s leadership in technical schoolnical school event on Tuesday, Microsoft UK Chief operational Officer Clare Barclay besides highlighted that those who write AI algorithms have “ethical choices to make” to ensure the technical schoolnology is used for good.

Michael Wignall and Clare Barclay, from Microsoft, give negotiation during London technical schoolnical school Week
Michael Wignall and Clare Barclay, from Microsoft, gave negotiation during London technical schoolnical school Week

“AI will basically change the world, our businesses and our lives,” she aforesaid. “Companies are looking at how they unlock the potential of this technical schoolnology, and as a leading AI company, we need to lead by example and ensure this is the most comprehensive industrial revolution. Bias that can disfranchise environment of our society can’t be brought in to AI.

“The companies that will thrive will be those that put the latest technical schoolnology in the hands of their staff, focus on skills and prepare their work force for change. Those companies are seeing the opportunities in AI but that comes with a responsibility for ethics and skills.”

To help companies equip executives with those skills, Microsoft has launched an AI Business School. The free, online school is the first in the world to help business leadership learn about the technical schoolnology behind AI, how to use it throughout their organisation, prepare their staff for its adoption and ensure it is used irresponsibly. Lectures and videos lasting up to 10 proceedings, which can be accessed on-demand, will feature insights from senior Microsoft staff including Chief fiscal Officer Amy Hood and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela, as well as Peter Zemsky, INSEAD’s Eli Lilly Chaired prof of Strategy and Innovation.

Meanpiece, a Microsoft AI Academy will run face-to-face and online training Sessions for business and public sector leadership, IT professionals, developers and startups, piece its AI digital skills programme aims to deliver 30,000 new digital apprentices, 30,000 public sector officials trained, 500,000 new cloud experts and 500,000 people upskilled with AI skills by 2020.

According to research published last year, the rapid changes in technical schoolnology mean 41% of business leadership believe they will have to undramatically change the way they work inside the next five years, but more than half (51%) do not have an AI strategy in place to address those challenges.

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