Amplyfi selected for coveted AI programme

Business intelligence and research firm Amplyfi has been selected to take part in the UK Government’s new AI Masters programme.

The Cardiff-based technology company will join ten other businesses, including DeepMind and Quantum Black, to help train the AI professionals of the future.

It’ll work with the Institute of Coding and British Computer Society to contribute to the initiative, which will create 200 placements in British universities over the coming years.

Unveiled by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright, the programme will use industry funding and £110 million of government investment to train thousands of graduates in artificial intelligence.

As part of the programme, Amplyfi has agreed to provide insight and expertise to its organisers. The firm will also offer work placements to students.

CEO and co-founder Chris Ganje said: “Amplyfi is proud to be involved in the launch of the AI Masters programme. In the UK, we are at a critical point in the development of tech skills and talent, with artificial intelligence one of the key areas of expertise where we can lead the world. 

“We’re excited to play a core role in developing the programme further over the coming years, both by offering advice and insight into how the AI industry is evolving, and providing places to participants in the programme so that we can develop the very best talent.

“As the only start-up involved, it is important to add our expertise and guidance to the development of the programme. All tech businesses need to take some responsibility in nurturing talent – and this is a demonstration of just one of the many significant contributions we’re making to furthering our industry.”

Amplyfi has developed a business platform that combines artificial intelligence, surface web and deep web harvesting and intuitive data visualisations. It identifies and tracks globally technology advances and highlights sources of possible market disruption.

The programme will launch in September, with a commitment from industry partners to fund 50 of 200 places and provide work experience opportunities.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The UK has long been a nation of innovators. This AI skills and talent investment will help nurture leading UK and international talent to ensure we retain our world-beating reputation in research and development.

“Artificial intelligence has great potential to drive up productivity and enhance every industry throughout our economy, from more effective disease diagnosis to building smart homes. Today’s announcement is our modern Industrial Strategy in action, investing in skills and talent to drive high skilled jobs, growth and productivity across the UK.”

Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright added: “The UK is not only the birthplace to the father of artificial intelligence, Alan Turing, but we are leading the way on work to ensure AI innovation has ethics at its core.

“We want to keep up this momentum and cement our reputation as pioneers in AI. Working with world class academic institutions and industry we will be able to train the next generation of top-tier AI talent and maintain the UK’s reputation as a trailblazer in emerging technologies.”