April 19, 2024
South Korea Hosts Second AI Safety Summit
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South Korea to Host Second AI Safety Summit

South Korea is set to host the second global AI safety summit on May 21-22, following Britain’s inaugural event at Bletchley Park six months prior. Government officials announced plans to build upon the “Bletchley Declaration,” a collaborative agreement among countries, including the U.S. and China, to address AI safety concerns.

Significant Figures and Concerns

The release of ChatGPT by Microsoft-backed OpenAI in late 2022 garnered both admiration and apprehension. Renowned figures such as former Google researcher Geoffrey Hinton and entrepreneur Elon Musk expressed concerns about the rapid advancement of AI technology. Hinton emphasized the urgency of the threat posed by AI, comparing it to climate change, while Musk advocated for an immediate halt in its development.

President Yoon Suk Yeol (left) and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak shake hands as they held talks on the sidelines of the Group of Seven Summit in Hiroshima, Japan in May 2023. (Presidential Office) Source: The Korea Herald

Global Efforts in AI Safety

In November of the previous year, Britain hosted the inaugural AI Safety Summit, convening world leaders, tech industry leaders, and academics to deliberate on regulatory measures for AI. Following the two-day summit, over 25 government representatives signed a joint declaration committing to collaborative efforts and a unified approach to oversight.

In response to the rapidly evolving landscape of AI technology, it was agreed upon that future summits would occur biannually. South Korea will conduct a predominantly virtual event in May, with France slated to host the subsequent in-person summit later in 2024.

Importance of International Collaboration

Lee Jong-Ho from South Korea’s Ministry of Science and Information and Communication Technology underscored the significance of global cooperation in addressing AI-related risks. He highlighted the need to establish global norms and governance to harness technological advancements for the betterment of humanity. The transition of hosting responsibilities from the UK to South Korea signifies a milestone in the collective effort to address the multifaceted challenges posed by AI innovation.

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