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The First Global Summit on the Safe Use of Artificial Intelligence Started in Britain

02.11.2023
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The first summit of its kind is taking place at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, where a codebreaking center was located during the Second World War. It was here that Alan Turing's team revealed the secret of the Enigma code, which was used by German encryption machines.

By coincidence, it was on the first day of the summit that one of the oldest English language dictionaries, Collins, recognized AI, an abbreviation for “artificial intelligence,” as the word of 2023. Collins reports that use of the word has quadrupled since last year. “We know there has been a big emphasis on AI this year in the sense that it has evolved and quickly become ubiquitous, being built into our lives in emails, streaming and other everyday technologies that once seemed futuristic,” said the publishing director. publishing a dictionary.

On the first day of the summit, a “world’s first agreement” was signed on how to govern the riskiest forms of artificial intelligence. It focuses on the so-called “advanced AI” (frontier AI) - these, in the understanding of the summit participants, are highly developed forms of this technology with as yet unknown capabilities.

The agreement was signed, among others, by the United States, the EU and China.

The summit was attended by Elon Musk, owner of Tesla, X and x.Al, a company created last summer, which deals with artificial intelligence issues. On the eve of the meeting, he again issued a warning that AI could lead to the extinction of humanity.

However, other summit participants spoke in a calmer spirit: in their opinion, one should refrain from speculating about unlikely threats in the future, and instead focus on the potential risks that artificial intelligence poses today - for example, threats to certain professions or bias in certain questions that the AI develops as a result of its training.

The conference also featured a pre-recorded statement from Britain's King Charles III, in which he called the development of advanced AI "as important as the discovery of electricity."

The UK government said that in the so-called “Bletchley Declaration” signed by summit participants, 28 countries agreed there was an urgent need to understand and collectively manage the potential risks posed by AI. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the meeting "a landmark achievement that has seen world AI leaders agree on the urgent need to understand the risks of AI to help secure the long-term future of our children and grandchildren."

Relations between China and the West today often leave much to be desired, but Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Wu Zhaohui said at the conference that China is committed to a spirit of openness in the field of AI. “We call for global collaboration to share knowledge and make AI technologies accessible to everyone,” he told delegates. “China is willing to expand dialogue and communication on AI safety issues with all parties.”

US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said that as a result of the summit, the US will create its own AI Security Institute.

British Technology Minister Michelle Donelan, who chaired the opening of the summit, announced that the next summit will be held virtually in six months, and will be hosted by South Korea. The delegates will meet in person in a year in France.

 

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