The Government has appointed a panel of leading industry and academic experts - from top universities as well as from brands such as Mastercard, Ocado and Amazon - to its artificial intelligence council.
The independent body was created as part of the Government’s AI Sector Deal last year and aims to promote adoption as well as ethical use of the technology across the UK.
The line-up comprises 22 individuals, spanning a breadth of backgrounds and expertise, from NHS Digital Academy CEO Rachel Dunscombe to the Deepmind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman.
Digital secretary Jeremy Wright said: "Britain is already a leading authority in AI. We are home to some of the world’s finest academic institutions, landing record levels of investment to the sector and attracting the best global tech talent, but we must not be complacent.
"Through our AI Council we will continue this momentum by leveraging the knowledge of experts from a range of sectors to provide leadership on the best use and adoption of artificial intelligence across the economy."
The AI Council will be chaired by Tabitha Goldstaub, who is co-founder of AI advice platform CognitionX which also runs the festival of AI and emerging tech CogX. She will have oversight of the council and advise the Government on how to work with businesses to boost AI use.
The full AI Council line-up is:
Wendy Hall, professor of computer science at the University of Southampton
Professor Adrian Smith, director and chief executive of the Alan Turing Institute
Alice Bentinck, co-founder of Entrepreneur First
Alice Webb, director for children’s and education at the BBC
Ann Cairns, executive vice chair of Mastercard
Professor Chris Bishop, Microsoft technical fellow and director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge
Dr Claire Craig, chief science policy officer at the Royal Society
Professor David Lane, professor and founding director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics
Kriti Sharma, founder of AI for Good
Marc Warner, chief executive of Faculty
Professor Maire O’Neill, professor at Queen’s University Belfast
Sir Mark Walport, chief executive of UK Research & Innovation
Martin Tisne, managing director of Luminate
Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of Deepmind
Professor Neil Lawrence, professor at the University of Sheffield and director of machine learning at Amazon
Professor Nick Jennings, vice-provost of research and enterprise at Imperial College
Dame Patricia Hodgson, member of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information and Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation
Paul Clarke, chief technology officer for Ocado
Professor Pete Burnap, professor of data science and cybersecurity at Cardiff University
Priya Lakhani, founder of edtech AI platform Century Tech
Rachel Dunscombe, chief executive of the NHS Digital Academy
Goldstaub said: "If we are to grasp the full benefits of AI technologies it is vital all of the AI community comes together and works with the AI Council to create an open dialogue between industry, academia and the public sector, so we can see social and economic benefits for all of society."
The AI Council aims to encourage a much wider representation of experts to focus on specific topics surrounding the broader AI theme. These will include data and ethics, as well as skills and diversity.