UK, US, EU, China declare AI’s ‘catastrophic’ threat

In the first worldwide declaration to cope with the rapidly developing technology, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the European Union, Australia, and China have all agreed that artificial intelligence (AI) poses a potentially catastrophic risk to humanity.

The first day of the Artificial Intelligence Safety Summit, which was hosted by the British government, saw the signing of the so-called Bletchley declaration by 28 different states. Even if there are indications that the United States and the United Kingdom are racing to take the lead in drafting new legislation, the governments decided to collaborate on AI safety research.

Rishi Sunak expressed his satisfaction with the declaration, describing it as “quite incredible.”

The prime minister added the following in his remarks before making his own appearance at the summit on Thursday: “There will be nothing more transformative to the futures of our children and grandchildren than technological advancements like catastrophic AI.”

“We owe it to them to ensure that artificial intelligence develops in a safe and responsible way, tackling the risks it poses at an early enough stage in the process,” we said.

The Secretary of State for Technology in the United Kingdom, Michelle Donelan, made the following statement to the press: “For the first time, we now have countries agreeing that we need to look not just independently but collectively at the risks around frontier AI.”

The term “frontier AI” refers to the most cutting-edge and catastrophic systems, which some industry professionals feel have the potential to become more intelligent than people in a variety of tasks. Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla and SpaceX, as well as X, which was formerly known as Twitter, issued the following statement to the PA news agency on the margins of the summit: “For the first time, we have a situation where there’s going to be something that is going to be far smarter than the smartest human… I think that’s a problem.” It is not entirely clear to me that we are able to exercise such influence over the situation.

The communique represents a successful diplomatic effort on the side of the United Kingdom and, in particular, of Sunak. Sunak made the decision to convene the summit this summer after becoming concerned about the catastrophic AI and quick pace at which AI models were advancing without being monitored.

In her opening remarks, Donelan told the other people who were attending the summit that the advancement of artificial intelligence “cannot be left to chance or neglect or to private actors alone.”

In a remarkable display of international solidarity, she was joined onstage by Gina Raimondo, the secretary of commerce for the United States, as well as Wu Zhaohui, the vice-minister of science and technology for China.

The arrival of both Raimondo and Wu together on stage was referred to as “a remarkable moment” by one of the British officials in charge of organizing the summit.

The following sentence was included in the declaration that China signed. It read, “We welcome the international community’s efforts so far to cooperate on AI to promote inclusive economic growth, sustainable development and innovation, to protect human rights along with fundamental freedoms, and to foster public trust and confidence in AI systems to fully realise their potential.” China’s signature can be found on the declaration.

Wu shared the following message with the other delegates: “We uphold the principles of mutual respect, equality, and mutual benefits.” All nations, regardless of their size and scope, are afforded the same opportunities to research and implement AI.

South Korea has committed to hold another summit of this kind in the next six months, while France will host one in the following twelve months.

However, there hasn’t been much international consensus about what a worldwide set of AI regulations might look like or who should be responsible for drafting them up to this point.

Some British officials had anticipated that other countries would agree to strengthen the government’s artificial intelligence taskforce so that it could be used to test new models from across the world before they are made available to the general public.

Instead, Raimondo utilized the summit to announce the establishment of a separate American AI Safety Institute within the country’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. She referred to the institute as “a neutral third party to develop best-in-class standards,” and she added that the institute would develop its own rules for safety, security, and testing.

An order was issued by Biden administration earlier this week that required artificial intelligence businesses in the United States, such as OpenAI and Google, to disclose the findings of their safety tests with the government before releasing AI models.

The vice president, Kamala Harris, then delivered a speech on catastrophic artificial intelligence (AI) in London, in which she discussed the significance of regulating both the AI models that are currently in use and those that will be developed in the future.

Clifford refuted any allegation that the United States and the United Kingdom are at odds with one another over which nation should take the global lead on AI policy.

“You’ll have heard Secretary Raimondo really praise us in a full-throated way and talk about the partnership that she wants to have between the UK and the US safety institute,” he added. “You’ll have heard her talk about how she wants to have between the UK and the US safety institute.” “I really believe that this demonstrates the breadth of our partnership,” you said.

According to Sunak, “the appetite from all of those people for the UK to take a leadership role” had been demonstrated at the summit.

The European Union (EU) is now in the process of enacting a bill pertaining to artificial intelligence (AI), the purpose of which is to define a set of principles for regulation as well as bring in guidelines for specific technologies such as live facial recognition.

Donelan gave the impression that the government will not include an artificial intelligence bill in the king’s speech that will take place the following week by saying, “We need to properly understand the catastrophic problem before we apply the solutions.”

She denied that the United Kingdom was falling behind its foreign competitors and added, “We have called the world together – the first ever global summit on AI at the frontier – and that is something that we shouldn’t minimize or overlook.”

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