The AI Standards Hub is bolstering the UK’s position in the AI race, with key respondents recognising it as global top player in standards development, according to an Oxford Information Labs report.

Nearly 70 per cent of participants confirmed that the Hub has empowered the UK AI community to influence and participate in setting standards, and 67 per cent considered the Hub as the top coalition in the UK for promoting international discussions in AI standards.

The Hub, originally launched in October 2022, was the first body of its kind anywhere in the world and has given the UK an internationally recognised voice in the development of AI-related standards.

Sjuul van der Leeuw, CEO, Deployteq, commented:“It’s great to see that the body is having such a positive impact in developing AI standards, especially as the world looks ahead of the AI Safety Summit next month.

AI remains a powerful tool with the potential to have a major impact when deployed correctly, spearheading growth, unlocking innovation, and turbocharging the wider economy. Yet, this can only be fully achieved with having the correct standards in place ensuring that AI is ethical, secure and trustworthy, while simultaneously promoting creativity and international cooperation.”

A central part of the National AI Strategy led by the Alan Turing Institute, the British Standards Institution and the National Physical Laboratory, the Hub depicts how collaboration between academia, members of the UK national quality infrastructure and government is effective.

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Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy, Paul Scully, said: “The Hub’s commitment to fostering collaboration and its dedication to promoting responsible AI innovation are pivotal to the nation’s role as a global influencer in AI standards. 

“As the world continues to grapple with the challenges and opportunities presented by AI technologies, the UK stands at the forefront, showcasing its commitment to ensuring the safe, ethical, and responsible development of AI.”

The government is working with Hub partners to take on board the findings to continue the successful impact of the AI Standards Hub.

John Kirk, Deputy CEO at ITG: “Seeing experts collaborate to tackle cautions and fears surrounding AI is key to enhancing confidence for its widespread adoption. AI has the potential to accelerate business operations in all areas, and the UK establishing such a team helps better position it for tech superpower status.

All sectors shall benefit its safe development, and with confidence, the creative industries will be able to enhance campaigns on a global scale, working hand-in-hand with such innovative tech.”

The news comes proceeding the work complementing the UK’s approach to AI safety globally, supporting its leadership in hosting the world’s first global AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park on the 1st and 2nd of November 2023.