The US and other countries have signed a cooperation and communication agreement on “frontier” artificial intelligence (AI) that will aim to limit the risks posed by the technology in the coming years.
“We encourage all relevant actors to provide transparency and accountability appropriate to the context of their plans to measure, monitor and mitigate potentially harmful capabilities and associated impacts that may arise, particularly to prevent misuse and control issues and enhancing other risks’, the Bletchley Declaration, signed by 28 countries, including the US, China and members of the European Union.
The international community has grappled with the problem of artificial intelligence, trying to balance the obvious and emerging risks associated with such advanced technology with what Britain’s King Charles III called “untold benefits.”
As such, the Bletchley Declaration sets out two key points: “identifying AI security risks” and “creating appropriate risk-based policies in all our countries to ensure security in light of such risks.”
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The US and the UK have already announced the establishment of institutes dedicated to these very tasks.
The British institute, announced on Friday, will serve as a potential global hub for “international cooperation for … secure development”. The institute will also seek to partner with leading AI companies, including those in the US and Singapore, to help avoid potential risks.
The institute “will carefully test new types of frontier AI before and after they are released to address the potentially harmful potential of AI models, including investigating all risks, from societal harms such as bias and misinformation, to the more unlikely but extreme danger, such as humanity completely losing control of artificial intelligence.’
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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also committed just under $500 million to the artificial intelligence sector to boost the country’s development efforts – a significant increase from his initial investment pledge of $125 million for new computer chips. The investment aims to inspire innovation and keep the UK at the forefront of the industry, according to The Telegraph.
The UK has sought a leadership role in the development and regulation of AI technology, and made this clear by hosting the first international AI Security Summit at Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing developed the first computing machine to help in code breaking during World War II.
Turing thought of artificial intelligence shortly after inventing the code-breaking machine, the publication “Computing Machines and Intelligence” in 1950. He discussed the arguments for consciousness in machines and refuted arguments against the ability to develop such intelligence.
“It’s fantastic to see such support from global partners and the AI companies themselves working together so we can ensure AI is safely developed for the benefit of all our people,” Sunak said in a press release about the foundation. of the AI Security Institute. “This is the right approach for the UK’s long-term interests”
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Researchers from the Alan Turing Institute and Imperial College London also “welcomed” the launch of the institute, according to the prime minister’s office.
Following the public release of ChatGPT by Microsoft-owned OpenAI, the public’s imagination ran wild with both the positive and negative potential of the technology, with some warranted concerns about a possible “Terminator” future.
Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk said earlier this year that he found a “high probability” that artificial intelligence “distorts and destroys humanity” – a “small” probability that is not “zero”, although it is not explain how this will happen. .
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However, the Bletchley Declaration will seek to ensure that this does not happen, stating a strong determination to “maintain an inclusive global dialogue that engages existing international forums and other relevant initiatives and contributes openly to wider international debates and to the continuation of research on the security of frontier AI to ensure that the benefits of the technology can be harnessed responsibly for good and for all.”