28 countries, including the US, China, and EU countries, have signed a joint agreement on the future direction of AI development. This move is a direct response to growing concerns about the potential negative effects of unrestricted AI.
The international community reached an agreement on Wednesday at the UK’s AI Summit at Bletchley Park. The site was home to British cryptographers such as Alan Turing during World War II and is considered the birthplace of computing.
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The Bletchley Declaration brings together countries around the world to recognize not only the risks of AI but also its huge potential for the common good.
“AI should be designed, developed, deployed and used in a human-centered, trustworthy, responsible and safe manner.” document.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spoke after the event about the importance of the agreement.
“This landmark declaration marks the beginning of a new global effort to build public trust in AI by ensuring its safety,” Sunak said. X.
To advance this agenda, the agreement calls for “an internationally comprehensive network of scientific research on frontier AI safety that encompasses and complements existing and new multilateral, multilateral, and bilateral cooperation. We are determined to support.”
What exactly this means and what happens next remains unclear. The AI Summit and the Bletchley Declaration have kept Sunak busy.
Sunak is generally more comfortable on the world stage than at home, leading the way on everything from security issues to climate change to cutting-edge technologies such as cryptocurrencies, central bank digital currencies and AI. I’m about to stand up.
The AI Summit was another welcome distraction for the British Prime Minister, whose favorability rating has fallen to an all-time low of -45. September.
Even in moments of success, Prime Minister Sunak has to deal with the messy business of domestic and international politics.
As Metanews reported on Wednesday, 100 labor organizations have criticized Mr Sunak for not including civil society organizations at the summit.
according to open letter “The summit has alienated the communities and workers most affected by AI,” the letter to the prime minister said.
The criticism from this quarter is hardly unexpected, as Britain’s Labor Party (Sunak’s main Tory political rival) was born out of the labor movement.
Somewhat surprisingly, even before the ink had dried on the Bletchley Declaration, Britain found itself being outdone by the United States. As part of the original plan, officials had hoped to establish an international AI institute, led by and based in the UK.
Mr Sunak was unable to find agreement on this particular issue and ultimately removed it from the final declaration.
At another event a few miles away, it quickly became clear why. US Vice President Kamala Harris has confirmed that the US has plans to establish its own AI institute.
The announcement was another special slap in the face for British politicians who continue to cling to the “very special relationship” between Britain and the United States.
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) October 30, 2023
Dating Elon Musk
The UK’s AI summit will culminate in a meeting between Sunak and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk.
Musk has consistently warned about the dangers of unfettered AI development. In March, the entrepreneur signed an open letter calling for a moratorium on AI development.
“The AI Institute and independent experts will use this pause to collaborate on a set of shared safety protocols for the design and development of advanced AI that will be rigorously audited and supervised by independent external experts. “It needs to be developed and implemented in the future,” he said. letter.
A clever marketing campaign promotes the event. Mr Sunak’s X account features an image of the famous black door at 10 Downing Street, with the white number “10” translated into the X logo of Mr Musk’s social media platform.
Critics have labeled the conference “undemocratic”, suggesting this is a problem. perfect visual representation Undue influence of large corporations in the political arena.
Musk and Sunak’s conversation will be broadcast on X, with OpenAI’s Sam Altman and Meta’s Nick Clegg also attending the event.
Complete list of signatories to the Bletchley Declaration
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, South Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America.