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Tuesday 24 November 2020

MK could become UK’s artificial intelligence capital in ‘fourth industrial revolution’

AI Report

Milton Keynes could take pole position as an investment hub for artificial intelligence, finds a report released today.

The city is in a unique position with popular AI technology such as delivery robots and traffic sensors already in use, a large skilled workforce, major employers already committed to AI projects, and close proximity to world-class research underway in Cambridge, Oxford and London.

A report launched today by MK Council and sets out how Milton Keynes could capitalise on AI to drive business growth and maximise smart city opportunities presented by its rollout of lightning-fast 5G.

Milton Keynes is the fastest growing city in the country and has been repeatedly voted the UK’s most popular place to do business.

It’s already taking strides to be a world leader on future technologies.  Already home to over 6,000 software engineers and 4,000 data engineers, MK has the world’s largest fleet of autonomous delivery robots and was the UK partner for a three-year trial of driverless autonomous vehicles. In the last year alone, Santander’s has begun its £150m investment into a new innovation centre in Central Milton Keynes and the city has been announced as a testbed for 5G.

MK’s undergraduate university will open in 2023 with a focus on jobs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) economy, including robotics and AI.

Leader of MK Council, Cllr Peter Marland said: “Milton Keynes is proud to be a world-leading hub of new innovative technologies, which already include driverless pods and autonomous robots.  This report identifies further exciting opportunities for our city to become a real smart city of the future.”

As part of its multi-million pound COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan, MK Council is investing £20,000 in an AI Development Programme. This connects business leaders, academics, and individuals to develop AI skills and strengthen networks within the sector. More details about the programme can be found on the MKAI website.