Technology Record - Issue 32: Spring 2024

17 financial services, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and medical technology. Because these industries are fundamentally changing due to economic change, it is important to equip companies in Germany with worldleading technology.” Microsoft also aims to teach digital skills to more than 1.2 million people in Germany by the end of 2025. Microsoft also recently pledged to spend £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) to more than double its data centre footprint in the UK and train over one million people skills needed to build and work with AI. Microsoft plans to expand its data centre footprint across sites in London and Cardiff, and is considering an expansion into northern England. Through this, it aims to help the UK create more than 20,000 AI-related jobs. “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,” said UK prime minister Rishi Sunak. Each of these partnerships will extend the use of AI in public administration, promote the use of responsible AI, and reinforce national cybersecurity and sustainability strategies. Microsoft president Brad Smith and Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez Photo: Microsoft