A government official of the opposition party in the United Kingdom advocates for licensing and regulating artificial intelligence in a manner akin to the pharmaceutical and nuclear sectors. According to the spokesperson, developers involved in artificial intelligence should undergo licensing and regulation processes similar to those in the pharmaceutical, medical, and nuclear sectors
In an interview with The Guardian on June 5th, Lucy Powell, a politician and digital spokesperson for the UK’s Labour Party, expressed the view that companies such as OpenAI or Google, responsible for developing AI models, should be required to obtain a license to construct such models.
Powell stated, “My real point of concern is the lack of any regulation of the large language models that can then be applied across a range of AI tools, whether that’s governing how they are built, how they are managed or how they are controlled.”
Powell asserted that instead of outright bans, it is more advantageous to regulate the progress of specific technologies, drawing a parallel to the European Union’s prohibition of facial recognition tools. She emphasized that artificial intelligence (AI) carries significant potential for unintended repercussions. However, she proposed that if developers were compelled by the government to disclose their AI training models and datasets, certain risks could be minimized.
According to Powell, the potential impact of advanced technology on the U.K. economy is significant. Additionally, the Labour Party is reportedly finalizing its policies concerning AI and related technologies.