Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden plans to establish an artificial intelligence “hit squad” unit with a remit to shrink the size of the UK civil service and bolster public sector productivity, including the speeding up of government processing of asylum, immigration and welfare claims. The Cabinet Office, which coordinates government departments, proposes to employ between 20 and 30 experts in a so-called “incubator for AI,” at an initial cost of about £5m. “Welfare and tackling welfare fraud, looking at what we can do around the interface with the health service, and looking at what we could do around asylum and immigration processing are three obvious areas where we’ve tasked them initially,” Dowden said. “What I see with this is a transformative tool to be able to enhance the pace of technology in a way that can help us deliver better outcomes with fewer inputs, and ultimately, that should be able to save taxpayers money,” he said.
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