The United Kingdom is gearing up to host the world’s first international summit on AI safety in November 2023, with the aim of positioning itself as a mediator in global technology discussions post-Brexit.
The event, taking place from November 1-2, will focus on the potential existential threat posed by AI. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, envisioning the UK as a hub for AI safety, is concerned about AI misuse by criminals and terrorists for developing weapons of mass destruction.
The summit, hosted by Sunak at Bletchley Park, will bring together around 100 attendees, including United States Vice President Kamala Harris and Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, alongside legislators, AI experts, and scholars. The primary goal is to initiate a global dialogue on AI regulation, addressing concerns about the unpredictable advancement of technology and the potential loss of human control over it.
Earlier, influential UK parliament members had advised the government to collaborate with democratic allies to tackle AI misuse, highlighting London’s ambition to play a significant role in advancing this emerging technology.
Following the summit announcement, Google projected that increased investment in AI could boost the UK economy by £400 billion ($488 billion) by 2030. Additionally, OpenAI revealed plans to establish its first international office in London.
In August 2023, Sunak allocated £100 million ($130 million) to purchase thousands of computer chips for AI applications, addressing a global chip shortage and the race for computing power.