Microsoft Channels Billions into UK-Based AI Safety Measures

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Microsoft plans to invest significantly in major artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure and skills development in the United Kingdom.

“It will help the UK seize the artificial intelligence (AI) opportunity and ensure that AI innovation and safety progress together while creating jobs, improving services, and protecting public security,” the statement declared.

Microsoft Sets its Focus on Three AI Areas

According to a recent statement, Microsoft will be significantly increasing its presence in the UK in terms of AI.

“Microsoft is committing to more than doubling its datacenter footprint in the UK, training more than one million people for the AI economy and supporting the UK’s growing AI safety and research efforts through partnerships with the government and leading universities.”

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The investment will encompass three major areas, namely AI infrastructure, talent and education programs, and safety and security measures.

It was noted that Microsoft will utilize researchers from top UK universities including Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College, UCL, Bath, and Nottingham.

Microsoft to Boost AI Job Opportunities in the UK

Furthermore, the company is set to expand the job economy in the UK for those interested in working in AI. The software giant intends “to train one million people with the skills they need to build and work with AI.”

Additionally, the company has announced its commitment to making all learning modules utilized by its internal engineers and developers in responsible AI accessible to the public in due course.

“Microsoft will also turn all the lessons it has learned in operationalizing responsible AI principles for its own AI engineers and developers, into learning modules for UK customers and partners.”

However, Microsoft has been making several significant developments in AI in recent times. Most recently, it announced it has integrated AI in customer service for blind users through a tool that uses OpenAI’s GPT-4 model.

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