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Innovation and public attitudes in Britain: Challenges for policy-makers

The Policy Institute, King’s College London has produdced a report in collaboration with Ipsos MORI and the Centre for London, on the challenges to developing Artifical Intelligence, public attitudes to innovation and how policy-makers should respond. 

The paper uses data from Ipsos MORI’s Global Trends Survey to indicate that the UK public are relatively optimistic about the potential of innovation. But this openness and optimism about new technology will fade quickly if the government doesn't mitigate concerns around the less popular consequences of AI, including fear of job losses due to automation. 

Recommendations from the report include stronger incentives for digital transformation in the economy, improving the transition from school, college and university to the world of work, and developing a shared narrative and vision as part of the government's Industrial Strategy. 

Read the report