Britain, in an attempt to unify the world against the dangerous side of AI has succeeded to some extent as reports from London have confirmed that the country alongside participation from the world has reached the ‘Bletchely Declaration’ pertaining to AI safety.
“The Declaration fulfils key summit objectives in establishing shared agreement and responsibility on the risks, opportunities and a forward process for international collaboration on frontier AI safety and research, particularly through greater scientific collaboration,” Britain said in a separate statement accompanying the declaration.
US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Britain’s Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan and China’s representative Wu Zhaohui at the AI safety summit on Wednesday. AFP photos
More about the Bletchely Declaration and the AI Safety Summit
Leading AI nations, convened for the first time by the UK and including the United States and China, along with the European Union have reached a world-first agreement at Bletchley Park establishing a shared understanding of the opportunities and risks posed by frontier AI and the need for governments to work together to meet the most significant challenges.
The Bletchley Declaration on AI safety sees 28 countries from across the globe including Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as the EU, agreeing to the urgent need to understand and collectively manage potential risks through a new joint global effort to ensure AI is developed and deployed in a safe, responsible way for the benefit of the global community.
The Declaration fulfils key summit objectives in establishing shared agreement and responsibility on the risks, opportunities and a forward process for international collaboration on frontier AI safety and research, particularly through greater scientific collaboration.
Talks today, with leading frontier AI companies and experts from academia and civil society, will see further discussions on understanding frontier AI risks and improving frontier AI safety.
The Declaration details that the risks are “best addressed through international cooperation”. As part of agreeing a forward process for international collaboration on frontier AI safety, The Republic of Korea has agreed to co-host a mini virtual summit on AI in the next 6 months.
France will then host the next in-person Summit in a year from now. Further details on these events will be confirmed in due course.
This ensures an enduring legacy from the Summit and continued international action to tackle AI risks, including informing national and international risk-based policies across these countries.
Countries endorsing the Declaration include Brazil, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates.
“This is a landmark achievement that sees the world’s greatest AI powers agree on the urgency behind understanding the risks of AI – helping ensure the long-term future of our children and grandchildren”, said United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.
AI SAFETY SUMMIT :
The summit will brought together international governments, leading AI companies, civil society groups and experts in research to consider the risks of AI, especially at the frontier of development, and discuss how they can be mitigated through internationally coordinated action.
Frontier AI models hold enormous potential to power economic growth, drive scientific progress and wider public benefits, while also posing potential safety risks if not developed responsibly.
The 5 objectives that were discussed at the summit :
- 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, including how best to support national and international frameworks.
- Appropriate measures which individual organisations should take to increase frontier AI safety.
- Areas for potential collaboration on AI safety research, including evaluating model capabilities and the development of new standards to support governance.
- Showcase how ensuring the safe development of AI will enable AI to be used for good globally.