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Ministers must back AI specialists now – or lose us

Britain doesn’t have enormous tech companies. But we do have the talent and the entrepreneurialism

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About a third of the leading machine-learning and AI specialists who leave the UK’s top institutions are now working in US tech firms, according to research carried out by The Telegraph. But how concerned should we be and what, if anything, can we do about it?

In some ways, the US tech giants are doing us all a favour. The academics they hire are usually allowed to continue their research (with access to the vast resources of a tech company) and, because top talent is in such demand, the researchers are able to insist on their work being published.

But, while this is of benefit to science, it undoubtedly means that a portion of the economic benefits of their work is lost internationally.


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