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Addressing human challenges through AI partnerships

The UK’s AI industry is thriving, employing more than 50,000 people and contributing £3.7 billion to the economy in 2022. Yet global attention on the rapid developments in generative AI technologies – such as ChatGPT and DALL-E, is raising concerns about the potential negative impacts on people, jobs and society.

Today, the positive uses for artificial intelligence are highlighted in Addressing human challenges through AI partnerships, the latest NCUB quarterly showcase of university-business collaborations.

Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive of the NCUB, said: “…there are many positive uses of AI in improving healthcare, tackling climate demonstrate the limitless breadth of applications provided by AI technologies.

“There are undoubtedly risks involved with the change and even managing museum collections. These university-business collaborations are already combining the best knowledge of academia and industry to development of AI but, if used responsibly, it has enormous potential to improve lives, grow the economy and support responses to major societal challenges.”

Examples include:

  • Collaboration between the University of Birmingham and design software specialists Autodesk to use generative technology to create better knee implants to treat osteoarthritis

  • Brunel University London teaming up with Voltvision, a digital solutions company, to create AI that can improve the efficiency of industrial machinery

  • University of Surrey forming a partnership with the BBC, Lancaster University and small and medium sized creative businesses to create personalised media content.

Read the report here.


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