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News » Microsoft invests $3.2Bn in UK’s AI future

Microsoft invests $3.2Bn in UK’s AI future

Microsoft's AI investment in UK

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — In hopes of boosting the artificial intelligence (AI) potential of the United Kingdom, tech giant Microsoft plans to invest £2.5 billion (approximately $3.2 billion) into the country over the next three years.

Microsoft’s single largest investment in the UK to date will focus on AI infrastructure, skill enhancement, and collaborative research initiatives.

The tech giant will install over 20,000 state-of-the-art graphics processing units (GPUs) — integral for machine learning algorithms — across expanded facilities in London, Cardiff, and potentially northern England by 2026.

Additionally, Microsoft is teaming up with the UK government and leading universities on AI safety and pioneering new applications of the technology. 

It has also committed to upskilling one million Britons for roles in the AI economy through tailored training programs focusing on fundamentals, technical skills, business transformation, and responsible development.

“Microsoft is committed as a company to ensuring that the UK as a country has world-leading AI infrastructure, easy access to the skills people need, and broad protections for safety and security,” said Microsoft Vice Chairman and President Brad Smith.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who previously warned against rushed AI regulation, hailed the investment as a “turning point for the future of AI infrastructure and development in the UK.” 

“Microsoft’s historic investment is further evidence of the leading role we continue to play in expanding the frontiers of AI to harness its economic and scientific benefits,” he added.

The country’s AI sector already contributes £3.7 billion ($4.7 billion) annually and employs 50,000 people nationwide. In fact, according to a report by 8×8, UK businesses now turn to AI amidst ongoing permacrisis.

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