The UK government is set to host an AI Safety Summit in November, inviting ‘like-minded’ countries to address global threats to democracy posed by AI. The summit, which will take place at Bletchley Park, will focus on using AI in warfare and cybersecurity. Prominent academics and executives from leading AI companies, including Google’s DeepMind, Microsoft, OpenAI, and Anthropic, will be asked to attend.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak initially announced the summit during a meeting with President Joe Biden in June, and Downing Street will provide further details in due course. The choice of Bletchley Park as the location holds historical significance, as it was the site where British codebreakers decoded encrypted messages during World War II.
The summit aims to bring together key countries, technology companies, and researchers to drive international action and develop regulatory measures for AI’s safe and responsible development. Invitations to world leaders with similar democratic values are expected to be sent out soon.
The UK is eager to invite China, a dominant force in AI, to participate in regulation discussions. However, some concerns finding common ground on this issue may be challenging. As a result, the UK is considering hosting a separate forum solely dedicated to discussing regulation.
The regulation of AI and the need for global coordination in establishing rules has been a highly debated topic, especially with the advancements in generative AI technology over the past few months. Products like AI chatbots and image generators, which rely on large language models, have raised concerns about their potential risks to the workforce and democracy. These risks include job displacement through automation and the spread of misinformation.
The upcoming AI summit will focus on safety in AI, discussing topics such as ethics in AI, misinformation in elections, and cybersecurity. The use of AI in warfare and the availability of semiconductors used in AI products will also be addressed.
The summit aims to gather input from various stakeholders, not just tech companies and governments. Interoperability of regulations between nations will be a key focus. Legislation to regulate AI is still being finalized in the UK, while the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act is in its final stages but has faced criticism for being too strict.