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In today's Daily Digest, a new report outlining key enablers to triple global renewable power capacity has been released, the UK government is investing £300 million in what it calls the 'AI Research Resource', and more.
The UK government’s two-day AI Safety Summit started yesterday (1st November). Attendees from governments, businesses and civil society around the world are convening at Bletchley Park. The meeting was opened by UK Secretary of State for Science and Innovation, Michelle Donelan, who said that; ‘We the architects of this AI era, policymakers, civil society, scientists, and innovators must be proactive not reactive in steering this technology towards the collective good.’
The UK government is investing £300 million in what it calls the ‘AI Research Resource’ which will see two new super computers built in Bristol and Cambridge. This will give researchers access to resources with more than 30-times the capacity of the UK’s current largest public AI computing tools.
The UK government has said that 28 leading AI nations, including the US, EU and China have reached what is said to be a ‘world first’ agreement establishing a shared understanding of the opportunities and risks posed by frontier AI. The Bletchley Declaration on AI Safety fulfils key Summit objectives.
A report from the UK’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate indicates that sales of veterinary antibiotics in the UK are at their lowest level ever recorded. The report’s authors say that the findings demonstrate the UK’s commitment to surveillance of antibiotics use to better understand and mitigate the risk of AMR.
The COP28 Presidency, IRENA, and Global Renewable Alliance has released a report outlining key enablers to triple global renewable power capacity to 11 000 GW and double average annual energy efficiency improvements by 2030.
Rothamsted Research has completed the construction of the UK Crop Microbiome Cryobank, said to be the first publicly available resource of its kind anywhere in the world. It uses state-of-the-art cryo-research techniques to preserve important crop microbiome samples obtained from different crops cultured in a range of UK soil types.