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VP Kamala Harris to attend world’s first global AI safety summit in UK

Washington, United States: Vice President of the United States – Kamala Harris will be attending the first-ever global artificial intelligence (AI) safety summit in the United Kingdom. The summit will be hosted at Bletchley Park in southern England, from November 1 to 2, 2023.

The summit will kickstart international debate on the regulation of it, according to Reuters. It is anticipated that it will also examine AI risks, amid such fast-growing technology.

Who will be the attendees?

The UK will be hosting around 100 guests, including tech companies, world leaders, academics as well as non-profits, according to the reports by Reuters. However, the full list of the attendees have not made public.

World leaders:

The reports have suggested that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not be attending the summit. Although, along with US Vice President Harris, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, China’s tech vice minister Wu Zhaohui and United Nations’ Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will join the list of attendees.

Tech companies:

There are expectations that the platform will gather many global, best-known AI companies, including CEO of Google Deepmind – who founded ChatGPT, Officials from Microsoft (MSFT.O), Alibaba (9988.HK) and Tencent (0700.HK). In addition to this, some sources have underscored that Billionaire Elon Musk will also be attending the event.

Academics and non-profits:

Academics and non-profit organizations, who have been concerned about the potential problems which might be caused by AI, will play a major part in the event. The anticipated list of attendees includes AI experts like Stuart Russell and Geoffrey Hinton, as well as institutions like the Alan Turing Institute and the Future of Life Institute.

Major topics of discussion

The prime aim behind the hosting of the summit is to start a global conversation on the future regulation of the technology (AI).

Visual Representation: Artificial Intelligence | Credits: Google

Currently, there aren’t any worldwide rules that specifically cover the safety of AI. However, some authorities and governments, like the European Union, are planning to create their own AI regulations.

During the summit, the discussion will revolve around various potential dangers related to future tech developments. These include concerns about AI being used as a tool by hackers or terrorists for unethical purposes, as well as the idea that AI could become so advanced it poses a major threat to the world.

It is to be noted that the experts and regulators have different opinions on what to focus on. The EU’s AI Act, for instance, gives priority to issues like protecting people’s data and privacy rather than the so-called existential risks – which will be highlighted in the summit.

The expected conclusion

According to the reports by Reuters, UK President Rishi Sunak will be outline the outcome from the summit on the last day – which will be followed by a live discussion session by Elon Musk. The discussion will be live broadcasted on his social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

UK President Rishi Sunak | Credits: Google

It is anticipated that Sunak will launch a global advisory board for AI regulations, according to a previous report by the Financial Times. The regulations will be modelled on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Sunak was questioned by some of the experts, regarding the status of AI regulation in Britain, when he announced the summit in June.

AI regulations, around the globe

Recently, President of the United States Joe Biden has signed an executive order to govern the use of AI, along with this EU is all set to pass its own AI act, G7 has also agreed to pass its own code of conduct.

The UN also created a board with AI experts from across the world. However, experts believe that the UK can act as a middleman between the major power blocs: the United States, the European Union, and China. The summit aims to start a conversation for future global discussions about AI.

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