The newly-knighted former deputy prime minister is no longer an MP – so he’s formed a think tank to intervene on technology.
For the first UpVote of 2018, we’re joined by Nick Clegg, former deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democracts. Clegg lost his seat as an MP at the last election – so now he’s embarking on his next act. He’s formed a new think tank, Open Reason, and is starting to intervene on issues of tech and politics.
Why? Principally, he says, because he worries we’re becoming too pessimistic. In characteristic fashion, he wants to avoid the pitfalls of new technology while embracing the opportunities. (Exactly how, he’s still working out.) His first big post-office speech, delivered at ad:tech London, was entitled “Artificial Intelligence is an opportunity, not a threat.”