BLETCHLEY PARK Summit focuses on AI risks


U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are set to join senior politicians from around the world on Thursday at a U.K. summit focused on containing risks from rapid advances in cutting-edge artificial intelligence.

AI Safety Summit

Sunak organized the first-ever AI Safety Summit as a forum for officials, experts, and the tech industry to better understand “frontier” AI that scientists warn could pose a risk to humanity’s existence.

International Collaboration

The leaders of the United Nations and the European Union joined talks on the second day of the meeting, held at a former codebreaking spy base near London. It kicked off on Wednesday with an agreement signed by 28 nations, including the U.S. and China, to work toward “shared agreement and responsibility” about AI risks.

Focus on Understanding

Binding regulation for AI is not among the summit’s goals. Sunak believes that the U.K.’s approach should not be to rush into regulation but to fully understand AI first.

U.S. Administration’s Hands-on Approach

In her speech at the U.S. embassy on Wednesday, Vice President Harris emphasized the U.S. administration’s more hands-on approach. She highlighted the need for immediate action to address “the full spectrum” of AI risks, not just existential threats such as massive cyberattacks or AI-formulated bioweapons.

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