The UK’s first-ever AI Summit marks a critical juncture for global AI safety, igniting a blend of political opportunity and collaborative frameworks for safer AI. Bernard Marr’s piece at Forbes.


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Was the first international summit on AI safety an important stepping stone towards ensuring safe and productive AI for all? A political opportunity for UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to position his government as a global leader in the field? Or a show put on to convince us all that international tech giants can be trusted to act responsibly as they roll out increasingly powerful AI tools?

Well, I think it’s fair to say that it was a bit of all three.

The focus of the event, which was attended by delegations from over 30 countries and leaders from tech giants including Alphabet, Meta and OpenAI, was on safety concerns around frontier AI.

This is a term that’s only been loosely defined and is often applied to the most powerful generative AI models, as well as AI that’s capable of doing many jobs (generalized or strong AI) rather than simply carrying out one task (narrow AI).

There were some concrete results. Those behind the event will say that the Bletchley Declaration represents an important step forward. The first formal international agreement on developing a framework around Safe AI was signed by 28 countries, including the UK, EU, USA, India and China.

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Of course, it’s one thing to get 28 nations to sign a document and another to get them to play nicely together while competing for their share of the $15 trillion that could be up for grabs across the global economy.

But what else was discussed at the summit? And, just as importantly, what was left out? Let’s take a look.

What Happened At The Summit?

Speeches and addresses during the two-day event at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes were grouped under two headings: Understanding Frontier Risks and Improving Frontier AI Safety.

There was certainly no shortage of power in attendance: Political leaders included US Vice President Kamala Harris, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and Chinese Vice President of Science and Technology Wu Zhaohui.[…]

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