Why an AI Strategy for Scotland?
The Scottish Government is committed to the National Performance Framework’s aims of creating a successful country where everyone living in Scotland is given an opportunity to prosper through sustainable and inclusive growth.
The UK is ranked 2 in the Global Readiness for AI Index (OECD countries) and whilst the UK Government had developed an AI sector deal and is developing a data strategy, data and AI are devolved matters for Scotland.
With Scotland’s strength as a destination for the tech industry, its vibrant start-up ecosystem and world class universities, a co-ordinated AI strategy is needed to ensure that it realises its potential and thrives as highlighted in the latest research from SCDI, ScotlandIS, RSE and BT.
The role of The Data Lab
The Scottish Government has tasked The Data Lab Innovation Centre to be an impartial convenor.
Our position as a hub connecting industry, public sector, third sector and academia across Scotland and internationally places us in an ideal position to undertake the task of leading on the coordination of the strategy’s development.
Approach and focus
Recognising its strengths whilst considering its size and resources, Scotland can emerge as a world leader in the application and deployment of AI by taking a citizen focus – how AI and Data can benefit the citizens of Scotland and the world, whilst also enabling economic growth. The strategy will be developed with benefit to the citizen as the core guiding principle and align to the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework purpose of improving citizen wellbeing and giving opportunities for all to flourish.
The process will be OPEN and TRANSPARENT.
We will provide as many opportunities as possible for everyone to contribute.