Taking place a year on from the publication of the Commons Science and Technology Committee Report Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, and with the Government launching a £6 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for robotics and AI technologies, this forum will provide an opportunity to discuss and debate next steps for creating a policy and investment framework which supports growth and innovation, how the UK can exploit the benefits of AI and robotics for society and the economy, and the challenges and opportunities for skills, employment, governance and accountability.
Automating UK Growth: Investment and Innovation in Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Progress made since the Government announced Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) as one of its ‘Eight Great Technologies’; developing the UK’s RAS ecosystem through the Special Interest Group; understanding the transformative and disruptive potential of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence to the UK economy; and the impact of Brexit on funding and inward investment.
Rebalancing the Economy: Skills and Leadership in the 4th Industrial Revolution
The role of Government, academia and industry in developing RAS leadership and advancing the sector in the UK; the challenges and opportunities of creating a RAS Catapult to champion the sector, direct research and encourage investment; emerging STEM and computer science skills requirements; and the UK’s position internationally in the race to be a global RAS leader.
The Social and Ethical Dilemmas: Regulating the Robot Apocalypse
Balancing the benefits of automation with the impact on jobs; the risk of digital exclusion in a highly-automated economy; the challenges and opportunities of embedding transparency, accountability and impartiality into AI systems; and building public trust in RAS technologies.