Investment in disruptive technologies essential to keeping UK competitive

08 March 2017

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Harry Gaskell, Chief Innovation Officer EY UK and Ireland, comments on investment in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and driverless vehicles:

The Government’s focus on further developing its innovation and disruptive technology strategy is very welcome at a time of rapid change both in the UK and across the globe. The extra funds earmarked to support research and development in AI, robotics and autonomous vehicles are vital to building the right infrastructure, skills and new technologies to ensure the country remains competitive on the world stage.

However, it is imperative that this investment is also made regionally, helping to rebalance the economy while building centres of excellence across the UK. We’d also like to see increased focus on the ethics of using disruptive technologies particularly in the use of AI and data.