UK government announces £400,000 fund to tackle AI bias

16/10/2023 | UK Government

The UK government has launched the Fairness Innovation Challenge (FIC) to combat bias in artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The FIC, which was initiated by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, Information Commissioner's Office, and Equality and Human Rights Commission, will provide up to £400,000 in government investment to UK companies to fund innovative solutions that address AI discrimination. Three successful applicants will receive up to £130,000 each. The first round of submissions to the FIC, delivered through the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, will promote the development of new approaches to ensure fairness underpins the development of AI models. The FIC will encourage participants to build a broader social context into the development of their models from the outset to tackle the threats of bias and discrimination.

In related news, a new report from the University of Cambridge reveals legislation to ensure that the UK has solid legal and ethical AI regulation is needed for businesses to put necessary resources into AI development with confidence.

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