March 27, 2024
UN Secretary-General Launches Global Advisory Group to Harness AI for Sustainable Development
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UN Secretary-General Launches Global Advisory Group to Harness AI for Sustainable Development

As UN Secretary-General António Guterres unveiled a new global advisory group including 39 members to monitor AI policy, he waxed poetic about our emerging robot buddy.

“In our challenging times, AI could power extraordinary progress for humanity,” he stated. “From predicting and addressing crises to rolling out public health services and education services, AI could scale up and amplify the work of governments, civil society, and the United Nations across the board.”

In order to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a collection of interrelated goals that the UN approved in 2015 with the intention of serving as a “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet,” Guterres claims that AI has the ability to improve climate action.

Along with better serving groups “where needs are bigger,” he said that technology might help “leapfrog outdated technologies” and that the world is in “urgently need of this enabler and accelerator.”

Guterres expects the new governing body may assist in achieving exactly that while mitigating many of the dangers in order to fully realize all of these alleged advantages.

AI must be “harnessed responsibly,” according to Guterres, and made available to everyone on the planet, “including the developing countries that need them most.”

Like the most outspoken supporters of blockchain, Guterres is fully aware of the hazards associated with centralization.

The UN Secretary-General issued a warning, saying, “AI expertise is concentrated in a handful of companies and countries.” This might lead to greater global disparities and “turn digital divides into chasms.”

The UN head also raised concerns about fraud, other human rights breaches, monitoring and invasions of privacy, misinformation and disinformation, and other issues.

One significant breakthrough that has heightened worries about the hazards associated with AI is the launch of ChatGPT, a product of the tech company OpenAI, which debuted last year.

Many are concerned that because of the tool’s simplicity of use, it may eventually replace people in some jobs and create new avenues for attack, such as phishing emails, bogus press releases, and other social engineering-based schemes.

The UN also mentioned this problem in its June report. Another area of worry is the use of AI-generated deepfakes to propagate hatred and false information on social media.

“Without entering into a host of doomsday scenarios, it is already clear that the malicious use of AI could undermine trust in institutions, weaken social cohesion, and threaten democracy itself,” stated Guterres.

By the end of the year, the new AI governance group’s main goal is to offer some initial suggestions for averting those apocalyptic situations and optimizing more leapfrog moments.

Before September of next year, the UN Summit of the Future, these suggestions will be completed.

Furthermore, the UN is not working alone to control the risks posed by artificial intelligence.

In an effort to mitigate the negative effects of incorrect usage of ChatGPT and enhance the security and morality of AI models, OpenAI said last month that it will assemble a “red team” of professionals from a variety of disciplines, including cybersecurity, cognitive and computer science, economics, and healthcare.

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