AI Council

The AI Council, an independent expert committee, provides advice to Government and high-level leadership of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) ecosystem.

Working in partnership with The Alan Turing Institute, the AI Council is inviting all interested individuals and organisations to take part in a survey to help shape the National AI Strategy. The survey will remain open until Sunday 20 June 2021, 23:59 BST.

Role of the Group

The AI Council is a non-statutory expert committee of independent members set up to provide advice to the Government and high-level leadership of the AI ecosystem.

It works to support the growth of AI in the UK, promote its adoption and use in businesses and society, and encourage experts to focus on priority topics in AI. Its aims are:

  • Provide an open dialogue and exchange of ideas between industry, academia and government;
  • Advise the Office for AI and broader government on its current priorities, opportunities and challenges for AI policy;
  • Share research and development expertise and horizon scan for new AI technologies, applications and their impact;
  • Work on public perception of AI, and on raising the profile of the AI and Data Grand Challenge.

The Council’s three main areas of focus are:

  • Developing the public understanding of AI, and tackling negative perceptions, to boost confidence of this technology among businesses and society;
  • Increasing skills in AI, including the diversity of people studying and working in AI;
  • Exploring how to develop and deploy safe, fair, legal and ethical data-sharing frameworks.

Membership

The AI Council is chaired by Tabitha Goldstaub, UK AI Business Champion and co-founder of CogX. The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport confirmed the Chair’s appointment, along with the Council membership.

The Council spans members from industry, public sector and academia and covers a broad range of background and expertise to contribute to leadership of the AI ecosystem. Members represent themselves as individuals, and not explicitly as affiliates of their organisations.

Terms of Reference

AI Council Terms of Reference

Reports

A joint publication with the Ada Lovelace Institute, which explores three legal mechanisms that could help facilitate responsible data stewardship.

AI Roadmap

An independent report providing recommendations to help the government’s strategic direction on AI.

COVID-19: How the AI Council responded, 11 June 2020

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Meeting minutes

AI Council Meeting Minutes 9 March 2020

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AI Council Virtual Meeting Minutes 11 June 2020

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AI Council Meeting Minutes 17 September 2020

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AI Council Meeting Minutes 3 December 2020

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AI Council Meeting Minutes 11 March 2021

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