March 27, 2024
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Inaugural Global AI Safety Summit Set to Convene in the UK in November 2023

The United Kingdom is gearing up to host the world’s inaugural international summit on artificial intelligence (AI) safety in November 2023. This event aims to position the U.K. as a mediator between the United States, China, and the European Union in the vital realm of technology post-Brexit.

Scheduled for November 1–2, the summit will put considerable emphasis on the potential existential threat posed by AI, a concern widely shared among legislators. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who envisions the U.K. as a hub for AI safety, has also expressed concerns about the potential exploitation of AI by criminals and terrorists for the development of weapons of mass destruction.

Sunak will play the role of host for approximately 100 attendees at Bletchley Park. Notable guests will include United States Vice President Kamala Harris and Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, who will be accompanied by a gathering of lawmakers, AI pioneers, and scholars.

The primary objective of the summit is to kickstart a global dialogue on AI regulation. The agenda released by the U.K. government for the event this week includes discussions on the unpredictable trajectory of technology and the risk of humans losing control over it. A group of influential members of the U.K. parliament had previously advised the government to collaborate with democratic allies to address the potential misuse of AI, underscoring London’s ambition to be a key player in advancing this emerging technology. In the weeks following Sunak’s announcement of the summit, Google published an analysis suggesting that further investment in AI could boost Britain’s economy by £400 billion ($488 billion) by 2030, while OpenAI revealed plans to open its first office outside of the U.S. in London.

Back in August 2023, there were reports that Sunak was set to invest £100 million ($130 million) to acquire thousands of computer chips to power AI, addressing a global shortage and the race for computing power.

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