UK Government Willing To Invest 17.3 Million Pounds Into Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Research

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    Technology Technology Mar 03, 2017 10:51 AM EST


    The UK government recognizes the importance of artificial intelligence for the growth of their economy, but they still have an underlying obstacle. UK's digital strategy heavily relies on artificial intelligence and robotics research.

    According to BBC, the UK government is aiming to incorporate artificial intelligence and robotics technology to businesses in three years time. The government is hoping to improve public services by making it more convenient for citizens to report crimes and even renew passports.

    In order to achieve this, the UK government will be investing 17.3 million pounds to universities for robotics and artificial intelligence research. The funds for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will be re-partitioned to the AI and robotics cause.

    The source mentioned that the government is looking into the potential of Nascent technology, a company known for their automated gate systems. The government's digital strategy might sound promising, however, there are some obstacles they would need to tackle first.

    According to TechCrunch, the Brexit issue is preventing UK's digital strategy from flourishing. It will be tougher for the UK government to find the skills and talents required to fully realize their efforts in improving the economy through tech.

    The UK government is banking on nurturing and improving the skills of their local talents. While this might be a solid solution, the government would not be getting immediate results.

    This type of strategy would take a long time before the government could see any substantial improvements. It also doesn't help the fact that the UK government will be investing a lot of time and effort in negotiating with the European Union over the control of its borders.

    Without the Brexit issue, the government might have gotten the talents and resources they needed, to make their digital strategy materialize a lot sooner. Furthermore, many citizens and analysts still think that UK's strategy still lacks a bit more clarity. Regardless, the UK government would first need to clear up any mess in the Brexit issue before they could reap the benefits of artificial intelligence in their economy.

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