This week, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom is hosting a summit with 100 representatives from the business and political world to discuss the potential and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI). The AI Safety Summit, held at Bletchley […]
This week, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom is hosting a summit with 100 representatives from the business and political world to discuss the potential and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI). The AI Safety Summit, held at Bletchley Park in the UK, aims to establish a set of global principles for the development and implementation of “frontier AI models” – a term favored by Sunak and key figures in the AI industry for powerful AI models that do not yet exist but could soon be built.
While the event at Bletchley Park takes center stage, other events will be taking place throughout the week in the UK, along with a series of AI-related announcements from the British government. Here are the latest updates:
UK Testing Government Chatbot
The UK government is testing a large chatbot language model called Gov.uk Chat, which can answer citizens’ questions about taxes, student loans, and benefits, according to Telegraph. Gov.uk Chat will be trained on millions of pages housed on the Gov.uk website, which contains information on housing, immigration, and taxation. The chatbot’s privacy notice states: “GOV.UK Chat is designed to help users navigate information on GOV.UK, similar to a search function, so it needs all the data to provide users with the most accurate answer.”
However, it has been reported that the chatbot will not be trained on personal citizen data, and users will be reminded not to share such information with the chatbot due to privacy concerns. The pilot project is already being tested with companies and, if successful, could soon be available to everyone.
£100 Million Fund for AI in Healthcare Announced
Sunak has announced a £100 million fund aimed at promoting the development of AI tools in healthcare. The AI Life Sciences Accelerator Mission will focus on efforts in cancer treatment and slowing the onset of dementia by using AI to study potential treatments and new drugs instead of spending years on lab tests.
Members of the academic community, industry, and top-level clinicians will soon be invited to propose projects for funding under this program. “Safe and responsible artificial intelligence will change the game, enabling the healthcare sector to deliver innovative new therapies, diagnostic tools, and ways of working that will give doctors more time with their patients,” said Michelle Donelan, the UK Minister for Science and Technology.
Concerns Raised About Industry Capture at the Summit
With a limited number of guests at the Bletchley Park summit, those excluded have expressed concerns about potential “industry capture” during the event. In response to the 100 attendees at the summit, an equal number of people have signed an open letter addressed to Sunak, warning that “communities and workers most affected by artificial intelligence are marginalized at the summit.”
The letter expressed the concerns of many academics prior to the summit that the agenda and discussion would be too dominated by industry interests. “What I fear and suspect is that it will be a meeting dominated by men, many of whom have financial interests that disqualify them from defending the public good and who will focus on long-term risks that will not jeopardize large tech firms, instead of showcasing the harm that would compel those companies to change how they design and apply AI,” said Carissa Véliz of the University of Oxford, who was not among the signatories of the letter.
What to Expect Next?
Observers will closely watch who will make it onto the final guest list for the summit. According to a Reuters report, China will be sending its Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology, despite some calls from Sunak’s own party for a ban on their participation.
We can expect many new announcements from the UK government, although they will have to contend with an executive order recently announced by the White House of US President Joe Biden, which focuses on artificial intelligence. According to Politico, which has seen a draft of this executive order, the scope of the document is wide, with each federal agency required to appoint a Chief AI Officer whose job will be to ensure that AI discrimination is not built into parts of the government they oversee.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What is the AI Safety Summit?
- What is the meaning of the term “frontier AI models”?
- What is Gov.uk Chat?
- What is the AI Life Sciences Accelerator Mission?
- Who expressed concerns about industry capture at the summit?
- What executive order was recently announced by the White House of US President Joe Biden?
The AI Safety Summit is an event organized by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom to discuss the potential and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) and establish global principles for the development and implementation of AI models in the future.
The term “frontier AI models” is used for powerful AI models that do not yet exist but could be built in the near future.
Gov.uk Chat is a large chatbot language model that is being tested by the UK government. This chatbot will be trained on millions of pages housed on the Gov.uk website and is designed to answer citizens’ questions about taxes, student loans, and benefits.
The AI Life Sciences Accelerator Mission is an initiative announced by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, aimed at promoting the development of AI tools in healthcare. It will specifically focus on researching potential treatments and new drugs for cancer and dementia using artificial intelligence.
Concerns about potential industry capture at the summit were expressed by those who did not receive an invitation to the event. Given the limited number of guests, an open letter was signed by an equal number of individuals, warning that communities and workers most affected by artificial intelligence were being marginalized at the summit.
According to Politico, the White House of US President Joe Biden recently announced an executive order focusing on artificial intelligence. The order requires each federal agency to appoint a Chief AI Officer whose responsibility is to ensure that AI discrimination is not embedded in the parts of the government they oversee.