This week, the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Science, Innovation and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan, laid the foundation of what could become the UK's most audacious plan to become a science and technology superpower by 2030.
Through the new Science and Technology Framework, the government plans to invest £360 million into improving infrastructure, investment, and skills for growing UK tech companies, with advanced technology including quantum, supercomputing, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
“Today, we are putting the full might of the British government and our private sector partners behind our push to become a scientific and technological superpower, because only through being world leaders in future industries like AI and quantum will we be able to improve the lives of every Briton,” said Michelle Donelan, the UK's Science, Innovation, and Technology Secretary.
The country is boasting a commitment of £250 million to ‘technology missions’ "that exploit and sustains the UK’s global leadership in three critical technologies artificial intelligence, quantum technologies and engineering biology."
Through its National AI strategy, it hopes to ensure that AI technologies can be used in the UK to increase resilience, productivity, growth and innovation across the private and public sectors.