In a concerted effort to combat the potential misuse of artificial intelligence (AI), a group of influential members of parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom has recommended that the government collaborate with democratic allies. Their objective is to collectively protect against the misuse of AI by various actors, whether state-affiliated or otherwise. The move underscores London’s aspiration to play a pivotal role in advancing this emerging technology.
The Science, Innovation and Technology Committee (SITC), serving as an advisory body to the government, issued this recommendation in a report released on August 31. The report advises the UK to align with nations that share democratic values, fostering a collaborative approach to safeguard against those seeking to exploit AI for their own purposes.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is set to host a summit in early November, where global leaders and tech industry figures will converge at the historic Bletchley Park, once a World War Two code-breaking center. The summit’s aim is to establish comprehensive guidelines for AI, positioning the UK as a central hub for AI regulation and innovation.
The report sheds light on the potential threats posed by AI, such as the creation of deepfakes that could deceive the public and the risk of malicious actors harnessing AI to develop new forms of biological and chemical weapons.
In a separate development, the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has urged the government to reconsider proposals that would grant AI developers unrestricted access to utilize pre-existing music, literature, and art for training their AI systems. In a report dated August 30, the committee expressed concerns that the government’s initial proposal to exempt AI-driven text and data mining from copyright protections could devalue the arts and culture, reducing them to mere resources for AI advancement.
Within the government, discussions have arisen regarding the potential inclusion of China in the November summit, which is expected to bring together the Group of Seven global leaders and industry executives, as reported by Bloomberg, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.
The SITC report further recommends that the government draft an AI bill for parliamentary deliberation scheduled for November 7. Failure to do so could result in the UK falling behind in legislative efforts, particularly concerning the ongoing discussions surrounding the EU’s AI Act.