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Turing response to the independent review on artificial intelligence

We welcome the publication of the independent review authored by Wendy Hall and Jérôme Pesenti today, which sets out proposals for how Government could support the growth of artificial intelligence industry. The report contains several significant recommendations, including a proposal that The Alan Turing Institute should become the national institute for artificial intelligence, adding to the data science mission it was created with in 2015.

At the Turing we have a number of research projects underway which bridge both artificial intelligence and data science. For example, Turing researchers are exploring augmented intelligence for medical diagnosis and, through our partnership with Intel, we are developing a model to teach computers to pre-diagnose cancers. In a major research project, ‘Artificial intelligence for data analytics’, Turing researchers are drawing on new advances in artificial intelligence to find ways to automate the lengthy process of ‘wrangling’ data before it is analysed, with potentially game-changing gains for all areas of science and industry. In the coming days, we will announce a new research project with Accenture which uses artificial intelligence and data science to combat fraud and money-laundering, as part of a new Turing and Accenture alliance for data science.

The suggestion of extending our mission to include a clearly stated aim on artificial intelligence is a natural progression for the Institute, and we support the recommendation of new AI fellowships to further boost our research strengths in this important area.

We look forward to working with the Government as they consider the proposals and develop a response, and thank the authors for their insightful report.”

Alan Wilson, CEO of The Alan Turing Institute

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For more information, please contact:

Sophie McIvor, Head of Communications

The Alan Turing Institute

smcivor@turing.ac.uk

07961 479 846