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June 4, 2021

UK government launches new £210m AI and quantum computing centre

The Government of UK has launched a new artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing centre with an investment of £210m in North West England.

The new artificial intelligence and quantum computing centre aims to provide training and skills to staff. Credit: Pete Linforth from Pixabay.

Based in the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory in the Liverpool City Region, Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI) will create vacancies for 60 additional scientists.

The government collaborated with tech giant IBM to launch the new facility.

Through UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the UK government will make approximately £172m investment over five years, with £28m investment to come in the first year.

The remaining £38m funding is provided by IBM.

HNCDI will combine AI and quantum computing to support the latest technologies in industry and the public sector.

UK science minister Amanda Solloway said: “Artificial intelligence and quantum computing have the potential to revolutionise everything from the way we travel to the way we shop.

“This fantastic new partnership with IBM will not only help businesses get ready for the future of computing, but create 60 jobs in the region – boosting innovation and growing the economy as we build back better from the pandemic.”

HNCDI will provide training and skills to staff to take full advantage of digital technologies and find right technologies which are required for projects to succeed and make businesses more competitive.

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STFC executive chair Mark Thomson said: “The HNCDI programme will foster discovery and provide a stimulus for industry innovation in the UK.

“By allowing industry to access a ready-made community of digital experts and cutting-edge technology, it will provide momentum for new ideas and solutions.

“This programme has the potential to transform the way UK industry engages with AI and digital technologies, to the benefit of not just research communities but all of society.”

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