Report analyses AI use within the UK Government

15/03/2024 | National Ordit Office

A new National Audit Office (NAO) report examining the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in government indicates that the UK is on the brink of a surge in the deployment of AI technologies. However, the report highlights the need for a clear strategy to combat significant challenges that prevent the realisation of its full potential. 

The NAO survey found that 74 use cases of AI were deployed, with 37% of respondents having already implemented the technology, 37% having plans for it, 21% having an AI strategy, and 16% currently working on one. However, 70% of the respondents reported a skills shortage as the biggest obstacle to adoption. In addition, the report found no clear plan for AI adoption across the government, and it is unclear whether the Cabinet Office of the Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology (DSIT) owns the strategy. The report also reveals that the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) needs to do more to bring together and build on what has been learned from the early deployments.

In related news, the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) has set up an AI governance framework that covers the development of in-house AI modelling, along with the use of third-party AI tools, including generative AI. The new framework is based on the department's information risk assurance processes. It has been developed with internal cybersecurity and data protection expertise and the support of the Alan Turing Institute.

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