Ocado’s Paul Clarke joins government AI council

Paul Clarke, CTO at Ocado, is one of a number of experts who have joined an independent committee to help the government make the most of artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

Ocado is already using AI to personalise its online shopping experience and predict product demand. Clarke’s expertise on the subject will help the government implement the correct skills, ethics and data so the UK can leverage AI to promote its adoption and ethical use across the country.

Clarke is joined by Dame Patricia Hodgson, board member of the Centre for Data Ethics, and Innovation, and Professor Adrian Smith, chief exec of The Alan Turing Institute. Additionally, AI for good founder, Kriti Sharma; UKRI chief executive, Mark Walport; and founding director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics Professor, David Lane, will also give their support to the panel.

Digital secretary, Jeremy Wright, said: “Britain is already a leading authority in AI. We are home to some of the world’s finest academic institutions, landing record levels of investment to the sector and attracting the best global tech talent, but we must not be complacent. Through our AI Council we will continue this momentum by leveraging the knowledge of experts from a range of sectors to provide leadership on the best use and adoption of artificial intelligence across the economy.”

Business secretary, Greg Clark, added: “The use of Artificial Intelligence is becoming integral to people’s everyday lives, from companies protecting their customers from fraud to smart devices in our homes.

“The outstanding expertise of those joining our new AI Council will be invaluable as we look to develop this ever-changing industry into one that is world-leading, attracting the brightest and best to work in new highly-skilled jobs.”