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Prof Barry O'Sullivan welcomes UK AI report

Insight@UCC director Prof Barry O'Sullivan, has welcomed a report, commissioned by the UK Government about AI, which has recommended the creation of an AI council rather than direct regulation. Led by professors Wendy Hall and Jérôme Pesenti, the report entitled Growing the Artificial Intelligence Industry in the UK has dismissed the suggestion of AI being ruled by direct regulation, instead saying there should be oversight from a new AI council.

The findings were compiled from the opinions of more than 100 experts within the field of AI. Along with the creation of a new council, there were 17 other recommendations, covering such topics as improved access to data and an increase in AI research. To lead this new focus, the report said, the Alan Turing Institute – founded in 2015 to promote data science research – should be made the national institute for AI research.

Speaking to Silicon Republic, Prof O'Sullivan said it would be wise for the Irish Government to take note. “The UK AI report is excellent and sets a very clear strategy for them. Ireland has a great opportunity to do something similar and has many unique advantages that put us in a very strong position."

You can read the full Silicon Republic article here.