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London’s mayor is assembling plans to make the city the next big AI hub

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  • London forever left it’s mark on the AI landscape with one of the earliest big exits for an AI firm (before the hype wave) Deepmind to Google. Is it where the most cutting edge stuff is being developed? Probably not.

    Khan’s problem is the lack of institutional academic resources focused on AI. What

    London forever left it’s mark on the AI landscape with one of the earliest big exits for an AI firm (before the hype wave) Deepmind to Google. Is it where the most cutting edge stuff is being developed? Probably not.

    Khan’s problem is the lack of institutional academic resources focused on AI. What we’ve seen really to be effective in creating AI hubs is the strong academic base that attracts AI talent (who then create AI startups).

    This is how Canada (specifically Montreal), Paris, and Silicon Valley, have build their AI empires. Because, despite all of the noise, real artificial intelligence is still largely in the domain of academic researchers.

    London is perhaps a better place to attract AI startups looking for commercialization opportunities from government contracts. I think this is where Kahn can really bring the benefits to his city.

  • The dream of so many cities. Not so simple a task given the landscaping that needs to be primed to make for fertile grounds. Deep expertise is key, pipeline for attracting new talent, stable resources, etc. Khan is not starting from scratch, but he still has a lot of work to do.

  • Khan did a major meetup at SXSW this year to introduce his master plan. In the face of Brexit, London is still pushing forward and hasn't really lost much of a step when it comes to the tech world.

  • The battle for tech leadership can he fought at the municipal level.