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Global AI safety pact: US, UK, and allies sign historic agreement

United States: Major technology hubs, including the United States, have recently shared another agreement for the betterment of the improvement and development of the usage of Artificial Intelligence.

According to recent updates by Reuters, the United States, Britain and more than a dozen other nations revealed the signing of the first-ever international agreement on how to make artificial intelligence safer and secure. The event took place on Sunday, November 26, 2023.

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The latest 20-page agreement, inked by the countries, will focus on companies to create AI systems that are “secure by design.”

Reports have underlined that around 18 nations across the globe gave the green light to the fact that the usage of Artificial Intelligence must be made safe and secure for the public by the companies designing and using AI. It is to be noted that the agreement majorly outlined the general recommendations, including protecting data from tampering, AI systems for abuse and vetting software suppliers.

Director of US Cybersecurity Agency’s concern about AI security

The director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency – Jen Easterly, underlined that the majority of the countries must come together and put their names that safety should be the first choice when AI systems are concerned, according to Reuters.

Easterly further mentioned, “This is the first time that we have seen an affirmation that these capabilities should not just be about cool features and how quickly we can get them to market or how we can compete to drive down costs.”

Additionally, he focused on the noted guidelines and stated that these (guidelines) represent “an agreement that the most important thing that needs to be done at the design phase is security.”

A series of initiatives by governments 

The reports by Reuters mentioned that this agreement is part of a series of initiatives – which will be inked by the government of nations to work on the safety of the public from AI, focusing on the development and improvement of the technology.

Which countries are a part of this recently signed agreement?

Along with major technology hubs, the United States of America and Britain, some of the other countries are:

  1. Australia,
  2. Chile,
  3. The Czech Republic,
  4. Estonia,
  5. Germany,
  6. Israel,
  7. Italy,
  8. Nigeria,
  9. Poland, and
  10. Singapore.

Some details about the agreement

According to the reports by Reuters, the 20-page agreement will not emphasize the tricky questions related to the appropriate uses of artificial intelligence and details related to data gathering. However, it has the details related to how to keep the public safe by using AI.

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Additionally, it also provided recommendations such as only releasing models after appropriate security testing, Reuters noted.

This agreement was signed by the government in the midst of a time when the use of AI technology has increased. The increased demand came with several concerns, including turbocharge fraud, dramatic job loss, and democratic process, including some others.

Other initiatives to safeguard AI

Several reports have underscored that the European region is a bit ahead of the United States on AI-related regulations – with lawmakers there drafting AI rules. The report by Reuters underlined that recently, an agreement has been inked by France, Germany, and Italy focusing on how artificial intelligence should be regulated to support “mandatory self-regulation through codes of conduct” for so-called foundation models of AI.

Initiatives by the Biden administration

The Biden administration has been paying special attention to AI regulation, making it more effective and safe for the public. In this regard, in October, the White House signed a new executive order to safeguard consumers, workers and minority groups.

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