Britain is a world leader in AI. But with the US and China pouring massive amounts into the area, much real and artificial intelligence will be needed to stay at the top.
British companies have been at the forefront of the artificial intelligence revolution.
Evi, a Cambridge-based tech company, played a key role in the development of Amazon’s assistant Alexa. Meanwhile DeepMind, consistently ranked the world’s most influential AI company, insisted on retaining its London headquarters after being acquired by Google.
A bit like real intelligence, it turns out the artificial kind also needs a wide variety of stimulation to make it truly smart, and that is what the UK’s capital provides in spades.
Because of this DeepMind’s HQ is now located in something called the Knowledge Quarter, in London’s Kings Cross, where is shares a home with world-leading organisations as diverse as the Alan Turing Institute, Google, Facebook, The Francis Crick Institute, the British Library, the Wellcome Trust and University College London.
But AI is also an arms race and the UK cannot compete, dollar for yuan, with the US or China. So will Britain be able to retain its position as a world class centre for AI?
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