UK & US sign MoU on AI safety testing

02/04/2024 | UK Government

The UK and US governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), becoming the first countries to formally cooperate to assess and test the risks of the most advanced artificial intelligence (AI) models. The agreement signed by the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, Michelle Donelan and US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, aims to share technical knowledge, information, and talent on AI safety between the two governments. 

The agreement will enable the UK's new AI Safety Institute (AISI) and its US equivalent to exchange expertise through secondments of researchers from both countries, as well as to work together on independently evaluating private AI models built by companies like OpenAI and Google. The partnership is modelled on one between the UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the US National Security Agency, who work together closely on matters related to intelligence and security.

The US Department of Commerce press release is available here.

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