The UK government is preparing to publish a set of criteria that must be met before any new laws governing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) are passed. The criteria, expected to be published in the coming weeks, would determine when the government would act to place restrictions on powerful AI models created by companies such as OpenAI and Google. Some of the “key tests” that would trigger legislative action include the failure of the UK’s new AI Safety Institute to identify risks around the technology and whether AI companies fail to uphold voluntary commitments to avoid harm.
The news further emphasises the UK’s differing approach from other countries such as the EU, US, and China, which have created more specific legislation and guidance on the technology. Instead, the UK has opted for a light-touch regime, fearing that stricter regulation would stifle industry growth.
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