During a two-day summit on artificial intelligence (AI) safety hosted by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, prominent figures including tech CEOs like Elon Musk and OpenAI’s Sam Altman, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen convened to discuss the future regulation of AI. Leaders from 28 nations, including China, came together to sign the Bletchley Declaration, recognizing the risks associated with AI technology.
According to Reuters, the United States and Britain also announced plans to establish their own AI safety institutes, and additional summits are scheduled for South Korea and France in the coming year.
While there was a general consensus on the need for AI regulation, disagreements persist regarding the specifics and leadership of these efforts. Policymakers have grown increasingly concerned about the risks associated with rapidly advancing AI technologies, notably since the release of Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which has demonstrated human-like fluency in responding to prompts.
Reuters reports some experts have called for a pause in the development of such systems due to concerns that they could gain autonomy and pose threats to humanity.
Prime Minister Sunak expressed excitement in hosting figures like Tesla-founder Elon Musk, while European lawmakers cautioned against a concentration of technology and data within a few companies in the United States. The global plan for overseeing AI technology remains a work in progress, with the need for further deliberation on regulation and leadership in this rapidly evolving field.