The AI Of The Possible: Developing Scotland's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy

Closed 22 May 2020

Opened 17 Feb 2020

Feedback Updated 25 Sep 2020

We Asked

In January 2020, the steering committee overseeing the development process published a scoping document setting out proposals for Scotland's AI strategy.  A consultation on these proposals ran from 17 February to 22 May.

You Said

Over 80 responses were received, Alongside broad support for the proposals, the desire for more dialogue and case studies on AI, skills and training, people-centeredness and the need for an ethical approach were highlighted. 

We Did

We’ll consider these and other issues that emerged as we move forward. We will also draw on the outputs from the public engagement programme and working groups that took place over summer 2020. 

Results Updated 25 Sep 2020

In September 2019, the Scottish Government set out its commitment to developing an AI strategy for Scotland. The strategy was due to have been published in September 2020, but the impact of Covid-19 on the development process means that it will now be published in spring 2021.

A major part of the process has been to ask questions, listen to the responses and reflect on these as the strategy takes shape.

Back in January, the steering committee published a scoping document setting out proposals for the strategy, including a vision for and approach to fostering AI in Scotland.

A consultation on these proposals ran from February to May, and attracted over 80 responses from a wide range of individuals and organisations from across Scotland and beyond. We’re now pleased to publish the report - available at the link below - which summarises the analysis of these responses. Consultation responses that we have been been given permission to publish will be published shortly. 

Alongside broad support for the proposals, the desire for more dialogue and case studies on AI, skills and training, people-centeredness and the need for an ethical approach were highlighted. We’ll consider these and other issues that emerged as we move forward.

The consultation is not the only way we have asked people what they thought about AI, and the opportunities and challenges that it presents for Scotland. June and July saw a series of online workshops conducted with a range of participants from across Scotland. The report of the rich and insightful conversations in these workshops, in which participants shared their hopes, concerns, and aspirations for AI in Scotland, has also been published and can be found at the link below. 

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Overview

The Scottish Government is committed to developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy for Scotland, as set out in Protecting Scotland's Future: the Government’s Programme for Scotland 2019-2020, published in September 2019. The strategy will help ensure that Scotland maximises the potential economic and social benefits of AI, and send a strong signal to the world about our ambition.

The steering committee overseeing the strategy development process are keen to discuss and address the most important questions necessary to developing a strategy that is people-centred and reflects, in its vision for and approach to realising the potential of AI in Scotland, peoples’ thoughts and priorities on how this can be achieved in a way that ensures no one is left behind.

Why We Are Consulting

In January 2020 the steering committee published the strategy scoping document, which sets out a draft vision for AI in Scotland and a proposed approach to fostering the adoption of AI in Scotland.

They would welcome your response to our consultation questions, on the proposed definition of AI for the purposes of the strategy, the draft vision for AI and the proposed approach to fostering the adoption of AI in Scotland outlined in the scoping document. You are also invited to share your thoughts on what else you feel it is important for Scotland’s AI Strategy to address.

Information gathered from the consultation will be used to refine the vision for and proposed approach to fostering the adoption of AI in Scotland, and inform the next phases of work in the strategy development process.

Read Scotland's AI Strategy scoping document

Download The AI of the Possible: Developing Scotland's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy - consultation paper

In addition to this consultation, there will be an engagement programme with communities of interest and the public in order to increase general awareness, interest and discussion on the opportunities and challenges related to AI in Scotland.

To find out more about the programme, including how to apply to get involved, please see www.scotlandaistrategy.com.

What Happens Next

Responses to the consultation will be analysed in order to help refine the vision for and proposed approach to fostering the adoption of AI in Scotland, and further work to develop Scotland's AI Strategy.

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