Britain To Host Artificial Intelligence Summit; Key Challenges To Be Addressed

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Britain will host a global summit on artificial intelligence at the old home of Britain’s World War Two codebreakers in November, as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pitches Britain as global leader in guarding the safety of the fast-developing technology. The summit will take place on Nov. 1 and 2 at Bletchley Park, the site in Milton Keynes where mathematician Alan Turing cracked Nazi Germany’s Enigma code, the government said on Thursday.

Executives from tech companies, government officials and academicians will meet to consider the risks of AI, and discuss how they can be mitigated. The summit will likely touch on issues such as how to prevent AI being used to spread misinformation during elections, and the use of the technology in warfare, according to a government official, who asked not to be named.

“The UK has long been home to the transformative technologies of the future; so there is no better place to host the first ever global AI safety summit than at Bletchley Park,” Sunak said. “To fully embrace the extraordinary opportunities of artificial intelligence, we must grip and tackle the risks to ensure it develops safely in the years ahead.”

Sunak announced in June that Britain would be organising a summit after a meeting in Washington with President Joe Biden; saying he wanted Britain to be the intellectual and geographical home of AI regulation. Governments around the world are wrestling with how to control the potential negative consequences of AI without stifling innovation.

Britain has opted to split regulatory responsibility for AI between those bodies that oversee competition, human rights and health and safety, rather than create a new body dedicated to the technology. Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) economies, comprising Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain, the United States and the European Union, in May, called for adoption of standards to create trustworthy AI and to set up a ministerial forum dubbed the Hiroshima AI process.

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