The UK government has announced millions of pounds of funding for the development of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and healthcare technology.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has opened up two programme for grants worth a total of £17.3m.
Professor Philip Nelson, chief executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) said the funding was vital to ensure the UK kept pace with developments in this field.
"For several decades, EPSRC has been at the forefront of supporting the UK's research, training and innovation in robotics, automation and artificial intelligence systems, and has been instrumental in fostering interdisciplinary partnerships between academics, industry, government and other parties," he said.
"Throughout the world, however, from the United States to South Korea, China to Japan, governments are investing billions of dollars into these new technologies. We are faring very well against this global competition, and we should not slow the momentum. These investments are vital for continuing the pipeline that transforms research into products and services."
Some of the money has already been earmarked for the Imperial College London and will go towards micro-robots for surgery purposes. Another segment has been set aside for the University of Manchester and will be used for work on building robots that can work in hazardous environments.
Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said the funding would ensure the UK could maintain its position as one of the leading nations for digital technologies.
"Britain has a proud history of digital innovation - from the earliest days of computing to Sir Tim Berners-Lee's development of the World Wide Web. We are already pioneers in robotics and artificial intelligence and our Digital Strategy will build on our strengths to make sure UK-based scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs continue to be at the forefront," she said.
"Backing our thriving digital economy to expand and grow, by putting the best foundations in place to develop new technology, is a vital part of this Government's plan to build a modern, dynamic and global trading nation."
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