September 4, 2023 at 17:39 GMTModified date: September 4, 2023 at 17:39 GMT
September 4, 2023 at 17:39 GMT

UK sets out its ambitions for AI Safety Summit

The United Kingdom has laid out its five objectives for the upcoming AI Safety Summit which is scheduled to take place on 1 and 2 November.

UK sets out its ambitions for AI Safety Summit

The United Kingdom has laid out its five objectives for the upcoming AI Safety Summit which is scheduled to take place on 1 and 2 November.

The global summit which will take place at Bletchley Park will bring together key countries, as well as leading technology organisations, academia and civil society to inform rapid national and international action at the frontier of Artificial Intelligence (AI) development.

As per the UK government’s latest announcement, the event will centre around the risks “created or significantly exacerbated by the most powerful AI systems”. This would include things like the proliferation of access to information which could undermine biosecurity.

Much focus will also be put on how safe AI can be used for public good and to improve people’s lives in the form of lifesaving medical technology and safer transport mechanisms.

It then shared its five objectives which have been built upon initial stakeholder consultation and evidence-gathering. These key ambitions will frame the discussion at the summit and will then be progressed and worked on.

It includes: a shared understanding of the risks posed by frontier AI and the need for action; a forward process for international collaboration on frontier AI safety; appropriate measures which individual organisations should take to increase frontier AI safety; areas for potential collaboration on AI safety research; and showcase how ensuring the safe development of AI will enable AI to be used for good globally.

The summit will further draw on a range of perspectives both prior to and at the event itself to inform these discussions. The UK government then revealed its enthusiasm to work closely with global partners. The move is made in an attempt to make frontier AI safe, and to ensure nations and citizens globally can realise its benefits at present, as well as in the future.

The government also expressed how it thinks that accelerating AI investment, deployment and capabilities would bring out enormous opportunities for productivity and public good. The existence of this technology has already created the prospect of up to $7 trillion in growth over the next 10 years and a significantly faster drug discovery.

However, it also highlighted how the novel technology poses significant risks in ways that do not respect national boundaries and therefore, the need to address these risks at an international level has become increasingly urgent.

The two-day event would build on previous initiatives taken by organisations like United Nations, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), Council of Europe, G7, G20 and so on. Talking about the same, the announcement said-

“This will include further discussions on how to operationalise risk-mitigation measures at frontier AI organisations, assessment of the most important areas for international collaboration to support safe frontier AI, and a roadmap for longer-term action.”

The UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s representatives for the AI Safety Summit, Jonathan Black and Matt Clifford, will be at the forefront leading the November summit.

Back in June, the PM had revealed a three-part plan to ensure a safe deployment of AI systems in the UK. First, he announced that the country would enjoy early access to the AI models of the three tech outfits which lead the game in generative artificial intelligence technologies — Google DeepMind, OpenAI and Anthropic.

The second step in the UK’s plan is to recognise AI as a technology that doesn’t “respect traditional national borders”, thereby necessitating the formation of a global task force. And the third step is to invest in both AI and quantum to “seize the extraordinary potential of AI” to improve people’s lives.