This report summarises the responses to the online survey of the UK’s AI ecosystem conducted by The Alan Turing Institute in June 2021, working alongside the AI Council. The survey sought to gather the views of the AI ecosystem (those researching, developing, working with, or using AI technologies) to inform the Office for AI’s development of its National AI Strategy. The survey’s questions were separated into the same themes as the AI Council’s AI Roadmap: ‘Research and innovation’; ‘Skills’; ‘Data, infrastructure and public trust’; and ‘National, cross-sector adoption’. The summary data used to produce the figures in the report are also provided.
The information contained in this report represents only the views of those who participated in the survey. Accordingly, it is not research and its use in guiding any policy decisions should be done in full awareness of the limitations of online surveys.
National AI Strategy
Read the National AI Strategy (gov.uk), released in September 2021.
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1. What is the purpose of the survey?
The survey is intended to capture the views of the AI ecosystem (those researching, developing, working with, or using AI technologies) to inform the development of the National AI Strategy. It is not a scientific research project or a formal government consultation, rather an exercise as part of a broader programme of stakeholder engagement and evidence-gathering run by the Office for AI and AI Council.
2. How else does the AI Council and UK government intend to gather views on the future of AI policy to inform the National AI Strategy?
The survey forms part of a wider programme of engagement being undertaken by the AI Council and Office for AI, including public events, workshops and roundtable discussions. For the latest information about forthcoming events follow the Office for AI Twitter account.
3. How will this data be used?
Staff at The Alan Turing Institute will analyse the raw data and provide an anonymised summary of responses and key findings to the Office for AI and AI Council.
4. Will my data be shared with a third-party?
5. When can respondents expect to hear more about the survey results and analysis? Will they be published publicly?
6. Is there a timeline for the delivery of the national AI strategy?
The Government has announced its intention to publish a National AI Strategy later this year.
7. What steps are being taken to ensure that the survey respondents are representative of the wider population?
This survey is being targeted at the AI Ecosystem, which the AI Council has defined as those ‘researching, building, deploying, working with and using AI’. The survey is being promoted and shared across a range of communications channels and professional networks with the aim of capturing a broad spectrum of views. All responses are welcome, including from individual members of the public in their capacity as end users of AI.
An analysis of the demographic characteristics of respondents (where provided) will be carried out as part of the summary of key findings.
In addition, the survey forms part of a wider programme of engagement being undertaken by the AI Council and Office for AI, including public events, workshops and round table discussions. For more information about forthcoming events follow the Office for AI Twitter account.
8. What is the role of The Alan Turing Institute within this project?
The Institute has supported the development of the survey and is hosting the survey on its web servers. Staff from the Institute will also lead the analysis of responses and provide a summary of the results to the Office for AI and AI Council. The Institute has also promoted the survey among its network and partners.
You can find out more about the data being collected by the Institute by visiting the survey portal: https://www.turing.ac.uk/help-shape-national-ai-strategy. For more information, please email [email protected]
9. How have you considered accessibility within the design and deployment of the survey? How did you determine the demographics questions and how will they be used?
Every effort has been made to ensure the survey is accessible to a wide audience. In determining the demographic questions, we have sought to limit their number and scope to only those questions which allow us to understand whether the survey is reflecting a wide range of views across the AI ecosystem.
If you would like to get in touch about the survey and its results, please email [email protected]