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UK to press companies on safety in AI models at Seoul summit

UK to press companies on safety in AI models at Seoul summit

The UK government said it would use a major summit in South Korea this week to give further impetus to reducing the risks surrounding artificial intelligence.

“There will be some deals that we broker,” British Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology Michael Donnellan said in an interview ahead of a major summit in Seoul. “We will be asking companies how they can go further in showing that they have security built into their launch models.”

As Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has sought to make it part of his political legacy, the UK has sought to take a global leadership position in managing the risks and opportunities surrounding the growth of the emerging technology by organizing a summit on AI security last year. The Seoul event, attended by representatives from countries such as China, the US, India and Canada, marks the latest round of high-level ministerial talks.

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However, some divergent approaches have already emerged among major countries: Although the UK does not want to “rush to regulation”, the European Union passed a major law earlier this year that placed barriers to the technology, and some US cities and states have already passed. Laws that restrict the use of AI in specific areas.

Donnellan has backed the British approach so far, saying the government has prioritized tackling the risks posed by AI and encouraged international attention to the issue, such as the Bletchley summit. He also said that any law passed in England would expire the moment it came into force.

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“We want to encourage and support innovation,” Donnellan said, as the British government announced a new overseas office in San Francisco focused on AI security. “There will always be slightly different approaches, and what we want to take seriously is common ground.”

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