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The Prime Minister of Britain, Rishi Sunak, Organizes an AI Conference in London.
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The Prime Minister of Britain, Rishi Sunak, Organizes an AI Conference in London.

Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of Britain, is hosting a two-day AI Safety Summit on Wednesday and Thursday at Bletchley Park. The event will bring together government officials, academics, and technology leaders from various countries to discuss the safety of AI. Bletchley Park, which was once a secret base for codebreakers during World War II, will serve as the location for this summit.

The first symposium is an opportunity for prominent figures in worldwide events to debate the fate of cutting-edge artificial intelligence. The focus will be on whether this technology poses a risk to humanity and how to minimize that potential danger. “Frontier AI” refers to versatile systems that function at the forefront of current software.

The list of guests, consisting of 100 individuals, features Elon Musk as the wealthiest person on the planet, Sam Altman as the mastermind behind ChatGPT, and a variety of notable professors and researchers.

Prominent figures from around the globe are present, such as Vice President Kamala Harris of the United States, Vice Minister of Science and Technology Wu Zhaohui of China, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of the United Nations, and President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission.

China, a leader in the advancement of AI, plays a significant role in the forum as Sunak strives to position himself as a mediator between the East and West. The choice to include China was met with both positive and negative responses within the British Parliament and internationally.

The United States ambassador to the United Kingdom, Jane Hartley, emphasized that the White House was not involved in bringing China to the negotiating table.

Hartley informed Reuters that this is the invitation for the United Kingdom, not the United States. He added that when the U.K. government approached them, they stated that it was their summit and they could invite whoever they wanted.

Last week, top officials with the Five Eyes, an intelligence alliance that includes the U.K. and the U.S., banded together for an unprecedented public appearance in which they accused China of stealing tech secrets from Western nations on a massive scale.

As worries about China’s impact on Big Tech increase, President Joe Biden authorized an executive order on Monday that grants the federal government more authority to regulate AI in cases where it could pose a threat to national security, public health, or the economy.

Kamala Harris gave a speech on Wednesday at the summit, discussing her administration’s strategies in addressing the dangers of generative AI. She also revealed plans for The United States AI Safety Institute, a task force dedicated to providing recommendations and identifying potential risks.

Harris encouraged other countries to join a pledge sponsored by the U.S. that promotes the “responsible and ethical” application of AI in the military.

Reuters provided some information for this report.