UK Government Digital Service to explore biometrics and AI for public services

The UK Government Digital Service (GDS) will work with government departments over the next 12 months to support the use of biometrics and artificial intelligence for services, according to a blog post by GDS head Kevin Cunnington.

He suggests in the post that government services such as GOV.UK can make use of “innovative technologies like machine learning and voice control,” and says GDS will work with government departments and public bodies to identify areas where digital technologies can solve challenges. GDS will also act as a “front door” for tech firms, to connect providers of such technologies with government entities that can benefit from them.

“Once a finalised product is created, the public sector body can then choose to buy it from the tech company,” Cunnington writes in the post.

GDS is also considering developing courses in AI, geospatial data, and distributed ledgers for government workers from its GDS Academy, according to the post.

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