UK government sets dates for November’s global AI Summit
The event, scheduled for November 1st and 2nd, will emphasise discussions on mitigating AI risks through coordinated international action, particularly at the cutting edge of AI development.
The UK government has released dates for the upcoming global AI Safety Summit, slated to be held at the historic Bletchley Park. The event, scheduled for November 1st and 2nd, will emphasise discussions on mitigating AI risks through coordinated international action, particularly at the cutting edge of AI development.
The primary objective of this AI summit is to facilitate discussions and collaboration among various stakeholders, all to shape the future of AI responsibly and beneficially. However, It is not yet clear which companies, governments, or researchers will attend the event.
The summit aims to provide a platform for stakeholders to collaboratively devise shared approaches to ensure the implementation of safety measures that can effectively mitigate AI-related risks. The UK government asserted that the summit’s objectives are closely aligned with ongoing efforts at international forums such as the OECD, Global Partnership on AI, Council of Europe, the UN, and the G7 Hiroshima AI Process.
In anticipation of the summit, the UK government has already set the wheels in motion. The UK Government has recently appointed Prime Minister’s Representatives, Matt Clifford and Jonathan Blac, who are entrusted with leading discussions and rallying support from leading AI nations and experts.
Reflecting on the significance of the summit, UK officials have expressed their views in a statement:
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak underscored the paramount importance of addressing AI risks, stating, ‘With the combined strength of our international partners, a thriving AI industry, and an expert academic community, we can secure the rapid international action required for the safe and responsible development of AI worldwide.’
Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan reiterated the critical role of international collaboration in regulating AI. She further emphasised the UK’s position as a global leader in AI.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly highlighted the imperative of a unified international approach to address the multifaceted challenges posed by AI. The Foreign Secretary pointed out that Bletchley Park symbolises global efforts to ensure the responsible utilisation of AI technology, emphasising the need for collective action in tackling AI-related issues.
About the agenda
While specific details are not available, the following topics are likely to be discussed based on the purpose of the summit:
|Risks and challenges of AI||Responsible development and use of AI|
|AI safety and security||International collaboration and governance|
|AI and societal impact||Future trends and advancements in AI|