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U.S. announces global action on AI safety as UK hosts AI summit

The White House has announced what it is calling ‘the most significant actions ever taken by any government to advance the field of AI safety’.

Oh really! Coincidence or deliberate attempt to undermine the UK AI safety drive?

This news comes as the UK draws attention hosting a UK led AI summit. The U.S. wants to police and control the AI arena too as it does most other aspects of our life.

Biden order

An executive order from President Biden requires Artificial Intelligence AI developers to share safety results with the U.S. government. It is an attempt to place the U.S, at the centre of the global debate on AI governance.

However, this is a position the UK government has already engineered as the UK AI safety summit gets underway this week. The UK desires to place itself at the centre of AI governance.

U.S. executive order

The U.S. executive order from Biden suggests the U.S. fancies itself as the leader of global AI governance in terms of how to address such threats or does it simply want to stamp its authority in the AI world. It tried to do the same with cryptocurrencies but fundamentally failed.

U.S. measures include

  • Creating new safety and security standards for AI, including measures that require AI companies to share safety test results with the federal government.
  • Protecting consumer privacy, by creating guidelines that agencies can use to evaluate privacy techniques used in AI.
  • Helping to stop AI algorithms discriminate and creating best practices on the appropriate role of AI in the justice system.
  • Creating a program to evaluate potentially harmful AI related healthcare practices and creating resources on how educators can responsibly use AI tools
  • Working with international partners to implement AI standards around the world.

UK AI summit

The UK summit is referenced in the executive order. But it’s mentioned under the heading of ‘advancing American leadership abroad’ – indicating that the U.S. very clearly knows that it is the big player here alongside China.

The UK is determined to position itself as a global leader in the space of trying to minimise the risks posed by this powerful technology.

However, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and top executives from the U.S. tech giants are arriving in the UK this week to discuss AI safety at the UK government’s AI Summit, which it has billed as a ‘world first’.

The summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, will focus on the growing fears about the implications of so-called frontier AI. President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will also be in attendance.

The UK is determined to position itself as a global leader in the space of trying to minimise the risks posed by this powerful technology.

But the U.S. as usual, will want to be in control…

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