China, the United States, the European Union and 25 other countries signed a first international declaration on Wednesday on the “safe” development of artificial intelligence. The so-called Bletchley Declaration acknowledges that the rapid rise of technology carries risks.
“There is the potential for significant, even catastrophic, intentional or unintended damage resulting from the key capabilities of these AI models,” the statement said.
Thus, the 28 participating countries agree on “the urgent need to collectively understand and manage the potential risks of AI,” through “a new global effort aimed at ensuring that AI is used in a safe and responsible manner.” “
The summit does not lay the groundwork for international legislation on artificial intelligence, but aims to “chart a way forward.”
The announcement was agreed upon during a summit held in Bletchley Park, north of the British capital, London. Michelle Donnellan, the UK’s technology minister, said the aim of the summit was to “demonstrate for the first time that the world is coming together to identify problems and highlight opportunities”.
The minister added that the summit does not lay the foundation for international legislation on artificial intelligence, but aims to “chart a path that must be followed.” For example, two more international conferences on artificial intelligence will be held in the next twelve months. A summit is scheduled to be held in South Korea within six months, and France will organize a meeting a year later.
Using generative AI, text, sounds or images can be produced within seconds. Technology has grown dramatically in recent years. It is hoped that huge advances will be made in areas such as medicine and education, but according to the British government, technology also threatens to destabilize societies or escape human control.
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