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Nvidia has been teaching UK politicians how to build neural networks

Politicians from across the political spectrum took part in a workshop last week designed to boost their knowledge of AI and the benefits it may offer local communities in the UK.

US chipmaker Nvidia joined forces with the Big Innovation Centre and the University of Sheffield to deliver a session in which members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence built their own neural networks.

Representatives from Milton Keynes City Council, UCL Hospital and autonomous vehicle specialist FiveAI also talked to parliamentarians about how AI is transforming their operations.

Reflecting on the session, Tim Clement-Jones, the co-chair of the APPG on AI, told NS Tech: “It was very useful to have a window into how algorithms are constructed because actually that should form a fundamental component of any digital understanding.”

Stuart Wilson, AI and Supercomputing Director of NVIDIA, said in a statement: “Artificial intelligence represents the biggest technological and economic shift in our lifetime. It is of national importance that policy makers understand the core components, capabilities and limitations surrounding the modern AI boom.

“The workshop’s goal is for participants to take the knowledge they’ve gained back to their constituency and familiarise their local communities with the term ‘artificial intelligence’.”

Lord Clement-Jones is also the chair of the House of Lords’ select committee on AI. He told NS Tech last year: “If you get [AI] right, for instance if you get the right anonymity of health data, the benefits of AI […] could be fantastic. But if you don’t get the ethics right, you have a great revolt against it, which is completely counterproductive.”