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What should the Government do about artificial intelligence?

8 December 2017

The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence is meeting with Government Ministers on Tuesday 12 December to discuss the Government's policy response to artificial intelligence in the UK. The Committee is also holding an evidence session looking at the education of AI and digital skills in the UK.


Tuesday 12 December in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Miles Berry, Principal Lecturer, School of Education, University of Roehampton
  • Graham Brown-Martin, Author and entrepreneur
  • Professor Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL Institute of Education

At 4.30pm

  • The Rt Hon. Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • The Rt Hon. the Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Areas of discussion

First Session

  • What does AI mean for education in the UK? Do we need to re-think how and what is taught as schools to take account of AI, or is the current approach the correct one?
  • What should the appropriate balance be between computer science and other subjects at schools?
  • How can it be ensured that the arts and humanities, which may become even more important with an increasing focus on creativity in the workplace, are not crowded out by computer science and other technical and scientific subjects?
  • What is deterring girls from getting, and staying, interested in computer science?

Second session

  • Does the UK need a specific and standalone strategy on AI?
  • How are the Government's AI-related policies going to make a difference to non-technology focused SMEs?
  • Given the possible impact of artificial intelligence on the labour market, is the Government considering how to mitigate this now?
  • What assessment has the Government made of existing regulations related to AI to ensure that they are fit for purpose, now and in the future?

Further information

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