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David Cameron takes job with artificial intelligence firm

David Cameron quit No.10 following the Europe referendum in 2016. Credit: PA

David Cameron has been hired by an American artificial intelligence company.

The former prime minister will lead the advisory board of Afiniti, which specialises in AI-based behavioural pairing technology.

Mr Cameron will join former and current business and political leaders to advise on critical issues to the company as it continues to expand in markets around the world.

Mr Cameron said he had pushed the UK government forward in new technological industries, including FinTech, genome sequencing, and digitising public services.

David Cameron waves goodbye as he leaves 10 Downing Street on his way to Buckingham Palace to resign as PM. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

He said: “As part of this work, I was excited to see the rapid development in Artificial Intelligence and the huge potential AI has to address some of the challenges that societies face today.

“I have been exploring developments in AI for some time to better understand how industry and policy-makers can collaborate in solving these challenges and ensuring that AI serves people’s everyday lives.

“I am therefore delighted to have been asked to chair Afiniti’s Advisory Board, helping support their work to transform the future of customer service and interpersonal communications.”

During his time as prime minister from 2010 to 2016, Mr Cameron put measures in place to ensure the UK led the way in the new and emerging tech industries.

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Zia Chishti, chairman and chief executive of Afiniti, said Mr Cameron’s experience of political leadership through periods of complexity, both domestically and on the international stage, would be invaluable to Afiniti.

Since stepping back from frontline politics, Mr Cameron has taken on several roles at not-for-profit organisations and is currently President of Alzheimer’s Research UK and chairman of the National Citizen Service’s Board of Patrons.