UK MPs Call for Global Collaboration to Counter Misuse of AI
In a bid to address the potential misuse of artificial intelligence (AI), influential members of parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom have advised the government to collaborate with democratic allies. The Science, Innovation and Technology Committee (SITC), an advisory body to the government, recommended in a recent report that Britain aligns with similar nations sharing democratic values to collectively safeguard against actors who seek to exploit AI for their own objectives.
The report emphasizes the need to counter the spread of deepfakes, which can deceive the public, as well as the risk of bad actors leveraging AI to develop new biological and chemical weapons. With AI technology rapidly advancing, it is crucial to establish guidelines to ensure responsible usage and prevent potential harm.
In a move to take a leading role in regulating and advancing the AI industry, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak plans to convene a summit in early November. The summit will bring together global leaders and tech experts at Bletchley Park, a historic World War Two code-breaking center. The aim is to establish guidelines for AI and position the UK as a central hub for the AI industry.
However, discussions have arisen within the government regarding the inclusion of China in the November meeting. According to sources, the gathering will convene the Group of Seven global leaders along with industry executives. Some argue that China’s involvement could create challenges due to differing perspectives on AI regulations and potential national security concerns.
The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has also recently urged the government to reconsider proposals that would grant unrestricted access to AI developers. One particular concern highlighted in a separate report by the committee is the exemption of AI-driven text and data mining from copyright protections. This exemption could devalue arts and culture, turning them into mere resources for AI advancement.
To address these issues, the SITC report advises the government to draft an AI bill for deliberation during an upcoming session of parliament on November 7. Failing to do so may cause the UK to fall behind other legislative efforts, such as the ongoing discussions on the EU’s AI Act.
As the public becomes increasingly wary of AI and its potential negative impacts, it is vital for governments around the world to collaborate and establish frameworks that promote the responsible use of AI. By working with democratic allies, the UK aims to counter the misuse of AI and ensure that it is used for the benefit of society while safeguarding against its potential risks.