Scottish Local Government Chief Digital Officer Martyn Wallace's 2019 plans for digital and AI

Chief Digital Officer for Scottish Local Government, Martyn Wallace, is looking forward to experimenting with artificial intelligence in 2019.

The 2018 CIO 100 member was speaking to the CIO UK podcast about the promise of AI, what digital means for the Scottish government, and his intense dislike of pilot schemes at the end of 2018 at the Gartner Symposium and ITxpo in Barcelona, where Wallace gave a talk on digital strategy.

"How we've got 31 out of the 32 local authorities to collaborate together for change," summarises Wallace. "How we're trying to change the mindset that digital equals cuts to digital equals better outcomes, and the collaboration we're doing with local councils to make that a reality."

What does digital mean for the Scottish government? "Digital for us means user by design, technology by default, not the other way around," says Wallace. "The challenge we see in a lot of business - private and public - is that a new technology becomes available and they try to create a business out of the technology, rather than looking at the problem they want to solve first."