On 23 November, Westminster Law School hosted an event inviting a group of distinguished speakers from the fields of data regulation, business, and journalism to discuss the ‘Growing the Artificial Intelligence Industry in the UK’ report presented by Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Jérôme Pesenti to the government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in October.

This report sets out a series of strategic recommendations to the government, based on core pillars including data supply and exchange, skills and education and developing an artificial intelligence infrastructure in the UK, with a view to growing the country’s AI sector, something which was also augmented by the recent Budget and government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper this week.

The professional panel included speakers such as Westminster Senior Lecturer and journalist Dr Mercedes Bunz, Westminster Business School Senior Lecturer Dr Steven Cranfield, and well known journalist and technology author Joanna Goodman, a Visiting Fellow at Westminster Law School’s Centre on the Legal Profession. Speakers dissected the report and its implications for the future and were then questioned by the audience on the matter for nearly one and a half hours.

Convener and Westminster Senior Lecturer in Law, as well as artificial intelligence, robotics and the law researcher, Dr Paresh Kathrani, who chaired the event, said: “2017 was undoubtedly an important year for artificial intelligence in the United Kingdom, not least with the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence’s work on AI, this report and the recent Industrial Strategy White Paper. 2018 promises to be just as, if not more significant. The University of Westminster and Westminster Law School will continue putting on LawTech and AI events in 2018 looking at these vital developments.”

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