Science initiative

Data Lab to steer use of AI to improve Scotland’s wellbeing

Artificial Intelligence

AI will change the way we live

Innovation centre The Data Lab will lead a government to improve the health of the nation through artificial intelligence.

The strategy will align with the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework and unlock wider social and economic benefits.

A recently-appointed steering committee, chaired by Digital Economy Minister Kate Forbes, has 15 members from representative bodies across Scotland, including SCDI, ScotlandIS, the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and Creative Scotland.

Ms Forbes said: “Scotland is well-placed to harness the potential of Artificial Intelligence to benefit our citizens, economy, public services and society.”

Gillian Docherty: transformational

Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Scottish Government placing a real focus on the transformational impact artificial intelligence can have on our society, both socially and economically.

“The creation of such a Strategy shows once again that Scotland has the potential to become a world-leader in the fields of data science and artificial intelligence, but that importantly, we don’t lose sight of what’s important to our citizens in the process.”

Innovation Centres, which were launched in 2014 and in the latter part of 2013, sit within the construction industry, oil and gas, stratified medicine, digital health, industrial bio-tech, and sensors and imaging.

Each Centre aims to establish bonds between Scotland’s universities and their respective industry sectors, translating the knowledge and expertise into commercially viable products and companies to benefit the country’s economy. 

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