A new artificial intelligence white paper, compiled by experts from industry, academia and politics, outlines the opportunities and challenges that AI presents for more efficient, effective and productive public services.

Nikolay Gurianov, one of the UK’s leading AI developers and thinkers, led the compilation of the report. He believes for the UK to truly maximise on the potential of this technology it must create a universal platform for public service data.

Launching the report he said: “AI has the potential to revolutionise public services. The opportunity to optimise the management of government spending, a more efficient health service, and improving customer service is very clear.

“The 4th Industrial Revolution will be driven by data and the government is uniquely placed to benefit from the use of AI. Its role makes it the arbiter of a great deal of data, all of which could be used to constantly improve efficiency and service provision. AI can join dots at scale that the human brain simply cannot. A universal platform for government data would allow policymakers to recognise trends, develop conclusions and allow for quality forward planning that informs proactive policy. But to do that, there would need to be assurances that the data is safe, and you cannot do that without using AI. AI can both liberate and safeguard the country’s data.”

The white paper calls for: