The British government is making a major commitment to robotics and artificial intelligence, announcing that $72 million of a $777 million industrial strategy fund will be used to help draw leading companies in these technologies to specific sectors in the UK.

The commitment comes at a time when governments are faced with stark forecasts about the long-term impact of artificial intelligence and automation. Many studies suggest that the two technologies will eliminate many jobs, but will also create new jobs requiring highly specialized skills. Forward-thinking governments and organizations are trying to focus now on the new job skills that will be required for the future.

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