AI Seoul Summit: new declaration, network of AI Safety Institutes agreed

22/05/2024 | UK Government

Six months after the UK hosted the inaugural Artificial Intelligence (AI) Safety Summit in Bletchley Park, the AI Seoul Summit came to a close as the leading AI companies agreed on a further pledge on 22 May to develop the technology safely. 

The Seoul Declaration marks a significant step in international cooperation on AI safety. The new agreement signed by 27 countries and the European Union aims to establish a global network of publicly backed AI Safety Institutes. The declaration highlights a commitment to ensuring AI advancements contribute to human well-being and address global challenges responsibly. It also underscores the importance of a risk-based approach to governing AI to maximise the benefits while addressing potential risks. 

A connected article in The Guardian looks at the disparity between the actions agreed upon by AI companies in Seoul and the recent departures from the superalignment team at OpenAI over safety concerns. The department's remit to ensure efforts to build a superintelligence doesn’t end humanity looks in doubt after co-founder Ilya Sutskever and Jan Leike, co-lead of superalignment, both left. The article surmises that if "OpenAI can’t keep its own team together, what hope is there for the rest of the industry?" 

In related news, the UK Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) has announced that the UK government has signed a partnership agreement with the Canadian government for their respective AI Safety Institutes to work closer together.

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