UK PM Rishi Sunak warns against rush to regulate AI before understanding its risks

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said only governments could tackle the risks posed by AI, a technology he said could make it easier to build chemical or biological weapons, spread fear and, in a worse-case scenario, escape human control.

Speaking ahead of a global gathering he has convened next week to examine the risks of the technology, Sunak said he hoped the participants could agree on the nature of the risks and establish a global panel to assess them.
Britain will set up an artificial intelligence (AI) safety institute to “examine, evaluate and test new types of AI so that we understand what each new model is capable of, exploring all the risks from social harms like bias and misinformation through to the most extreme risks,” Sunak said.


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Representatives of AI companies, political leaders and experts will meet at Bletchley Park – where Britain’s World War Two code-breakers worked – in the south of England on November 1 and 2.

“Get this wrong, and AI could make it easier to build chemical or biological weapons,” Sunak said. “And in the most unlikely but extreme cases, there is even the risk that humanity could lose control of AI completely.”

Around 100 participants at next week’s meeting will discuss subjects including the unpredictable advances of AI and the potential for humans to lose control of it, according to the agenda.

Sunak said China had been invited but he could not guarantee that a representative of the country would attend.

“I can’t say with 100 per cent certainty that China will be there. But I do believe that it’s absolutely the right thing to have invited them,” he said.

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US Vice President Kamala Harris and Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis are on the guest list.
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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