Yesterday, Wednesday, China, the United States, the European Union, and about 20 countries in Britain signed the Bletchley Declaration for the “safe” development of artificial intelligence, during the first international summit on “Artificial Intelligence Security and Safety,” which discusses the rapid development of this technology.
The British Prime Minister welcomed Rishi Sonak The X Network (formerly Twitter) made this announcement, saying, “This historic announcement represents the beginning of a new global effort to build public confidence in artificial intelligence by ensuring its safety.”
And he agreed European Union And 28 countries – representatives of which met in Bletchley Park in north London – stressed the “urgent need to collectively understand and manage the potential risks” of artificial intelligence through “a new global effort to ensure that artificial intelligence is developed and deployed in a safe and responsible manner.”
In the face of the growing potential of software such as GBT Chat, Bletchley’s announcement “shows that for the first time the world has come together to define the problem and highlight the opportunities related to it,” British Technology Minister Michelle Donelan told AFP.
The British Minister explained that this meeting, which began yesterday, Wednesday, and concludes today, Thursday, “does not aim to lay the foundations for global legislation, but rather it must work to chart a way forward” in this field.
She added from this highly symbolic site, which included the code-breaking center in World War II, that this summit will be followed by two international summits on artificial intelligence, the first in South Korea within 6 months, and the second in France within a year.
Over the two days of the summit, political leaders, artificial intelligence experts and technology giants will meet at the initiative of the United Kingdom, which wants to take the lead in global cooperation in this technology.
Meanwhile, US Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to announce, in a speech in London, the establishment of an Institute for Artificial Intelligence Security in Washington. This institute – similar to the one that the United Kingdom also announced its establishment – will bring together experts and those responsible for developing “guidelines” and evaluating the most advanced artificial intelligence models in order to “identify and mitigate risks,” according to the White House.
Generative AI, which is capable of producing text, sounds or images based on a simple request within seconds, has made impressive progress in recent years, and new generations of these models are expected to emerge in the coming months.
The British government warned in a report published last Thursday that this technology, which raises great hopes in medicine or education, may also pose an “existential threat” by destabilizing societies by allowing the manufacture of weapons or escaping human control.
The presence of politicians on the second day
After the first day of the summit was devoted to talking about the potential risks of more advanced artificial intelligence, high-level political representatives are expected to attend Bletchley Park on Thursday.
Among them is a female president European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Secretary General To the United Nations Antonio Guterres, and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, who is the only one among the leaders of the G7 countries who will attend the summit.
The British government hopes to reach – at least – the first international declaration on the nature of the risks of artificial intelligence. It also proposes establishing a group of experts in the field of artificial intelligence based on the model of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change responsible for following up on climate issues.
Being a billionaire Elon Musk The head of the X Network talks with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak after the summit. Yesterday, Wednesday, Musk stressed the need for an “arbiter” in the field of artificial intelligence, saying that this technology constitutes one of the “biggest threats” facing humanity.
“What we aim to do is create a framework for better understanding, so that there is at least an independent arbiter who can monitor what artificial intelligence companies are doing and sound the alarm if he has concerns,” Musk told reporters during his participation in the summit. He added, “I hope that at this summit there will be an international consensus on the initial understanding of advanced artificial intelligence.”
In an open letter published on Tuesday, many of those considered to be the “founding fathers” of this technology, such as Joshua Bengio and Geoffrey Hinton, called for “the development and ratification of an international treaty on artificial intelligence,” in order to reduce the risks and “potentially catastrophic consequences” that would arise. These systems impose on humanity.
The challenge that countries face in dealing with artificial intelligence lies in their ability to ensure that artificial intelligence works in accordance with global standards without hindering or restricting the innovation of artificial intelligence laboratories, that is, regulating the work of this technology, and this is what the European Union and the United States chose.
Last week, several companies, such as OpenAI and Meta – the owner of Facebook and Instagram – and Google – the owner of DeepMind – agreed to announce some of their security rules for artificial intelligence at the request of the United Kingdom.
In an open letter addressed to Rishi Sunak, about 100 international organizations, experts and activists expressed their dissatisfaction with holding this summit in a “closed” manner, with technology giants dominating it and a limited presence of civil society.