Several top executives from Silicon Valley will attend an AI safety summit organized by Rishi Sunak, aimed at supporting the UK government’s plans to become a global leader in regulating artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The two-day summit is expected to […]
Several top executives from Silicon Valley will attend an AI safety summit organized by Rishi Sunak, aimed at supporting the UK government’s plans to become a global leader in regulating artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The two-day summit is expected to have the CEOs of OpenAI, Google Deepmind, and Anthropic, who are the world leaders in the field of AI.
Confirmation of participation from Sam Altman (OpenAI), Demis Hassabis (Deepmind), and Dario Amodei (Anthropic) will be considered a key achievement in the government’s efforts to ensure the safe development of AI models. Elon Musk’s startup xAI representative is also expected to attend the summit, along with the CEOs of Palantir, Cohere, and Stability, namely Alex Karp, Aidan Gomez, and Emad Mostaque. High-ranking officials for policy from Meta and Microsoft, Sir Nick Clegg and Brad Smith, respectively, are also expected to attend, with Google being represented by James Manyika, its Director of Technology and Society.
Prior to the summit, companies have been asked to support a statement that will be signed by world leaders during the event. Representatives from the US, EU, G7 countries, and China have been discussing the content of the statement in recent weeks and it is expected to be finalized in the coming days. The statement will warn that AI can cause “catastrophic harm” if not regulated properly. Companies will also be invited to disclose policies committing to the “safe development and deployment of artificial intelligence” and explain how they believe AI can “tackle humanity’s most urgent and important problems,” according to internal documents sent to participating organizations.
The high level of support from companies for this event comes at a time when questions arise about the attendance of world leaders at the gathering in Bletchley Park on November 1st and 2nd. Instead of Joe Biden, it is expected that US Vice President Kamala Harris will attend, while German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is said to have declined the invitation. French President Emmanuel Macron is likely to attend, and participation from China is also expected. The decision to invite China has sparked controversy, and it is expected that the joint statement will mention the need to “involve a wide range of partners as necessary.”
Sunak is said to be concerned about the increasing capabilities of AI models such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT. He aims to enhance global collaboration on guidelines and research to avoid risks. The two-day summit in Bletchley Park, a historic site from World War II, is not expected to establish new regulatory bodies for AI or new international laws.
However, this gathering could pave the way for future regulations, and Sunak hopes that the UK will lead the initiative. The recent revelation by The Telegraph that British officials are considering a leading role for the Government’s AI Taskforce, which has a £100 million fund for AI research, supports this notion. A government spokesperson stated, “The AI Safety Summit will bring together a wide range of participants, including international governments, academia, industry, and civil society, as part of a collaborative approach to achieve targeted, swift international measures for the safe and responsible development of artificial intelligence. International presence will vary from country to country. As is customary for such events, we cannot confirm participants so far in advance, but we are confident that appropriate individuals will be present.”