Rishi Sunak has pledged to confront concerns surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) “head-on” as the government prepares to host a groundbreaking global safety summit.
The prime minister has made it a priority to both harness the benefits of the rapidly advancing technology and regulate against its potential risks since taking office last year.
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On Thursday, the government will release a unique report on the capabilities and risks of AI.
To mark its publication, Mr. Sunak will acknowledge the “dangers and fears” AI brings – with concerns about misinformation and deepfakes, job losses, and the threat to human life itself being raised by experts in recent months.
In his speech, he is expected to emphasize that while AI offers knowledge, opportunities for economic growth, and advancements in human capability, it also presents new challenges.
“The responsible thing for me to do is to address those fears head-on,” he will say.
“Providing you with the peace of mind that we will keep you safe, while ensuring you and your children have all the opportunities for a better future that AI can bring.”
The AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park next week, the historic home of Britain’s Second World War codebreakers, will bring together world leaders and tech executives to discuss the regulation of the technology.
The summit will focus on addressing the misuse of AI by malicious actors, such as in cyberattacks or the development of bioweapons, as well as the risks posed by the loss of control over AI.
Discussions will also cover its impact on society at large, including in elections.
Mr. Sunak has already met with several prominent figures in AI development, including the heads of ChatGPT creator OpenAI and the UK-based Google DeepMind.
The paper to be published on Thursday, which includes assessments from UK intelligence agencies, will contribute to the discussions.
Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan will open the summit on Wednesday, November 1st.