London, Friday, 09 June 2023
As "the world grapples with the challenges and opportunities presented by the rapid advancement of Artificial Intelligence," the British prime minister said on Thursday that the UK will host the first global summit on AI safety later this year.
The summit will take place in the UK this autumn, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office. It will bring together important nations, top tech firms, and researchers to assess and monitor the biggest threats from AI.
"AI has the great potential to improve the quality of our lives. However, we must ensure that it is created and used in a secure manner, the statement from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak read.
The comment was made by the prime minister when he was in Washington, DC. Later on Thursday, he will meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of cutting-edge technology.
"Throughout history, we have created numerous paradigm-shifting new technologies and used them for the benefit of humanity. We must carry out that action once more, Sunak said.
He stressed, emphasising his nation's desire to take the lead on international efforts on the matter, "This is going to take a global effort."
In London's Downing Street, Sunak spoke with the CEOs of OpenAI, DeepMind, and Anthropic last month.
The UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will host the first-ever UN Security Council briefing on the benefits and dangers of AI for global peace and security in July, according to the announcement.
The UK's decision to leave the EU enables it "to act more quickly and agilely in response to this rapidly changing market," according to the statement, which also noted that Britain was among the first major countries to lay down a roadmap for the responsible and safe development of AI.
(Written and edited by: The Decision Maker – International Relations editors)