Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that the United States is working with its European allies to develop a conduct code for artificial intelligence.
Blinken is in Sweden for a meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council, which is jointly led by American and European officials.
“We need accountable artificial intelligence. Generative AI is a complete game changer,” European Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager said at a press conference after the meeting, saying a draft of a voluntary code of conduct for artificial intelligence would be ready within a matter of weeks.
The council has “an important role to play in helping establish voluntary codes of conduct that would be open to all like-minded countries,” Blinken said, according to The Associated Press.
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Blinken relayed at the press conference his “intensive and productive” discussion on artificial intelligence with his European counterparts, Reuters reported.
Vestager said officials will seek feedback from industry players, invite parties to sign up, and promised “very, very soon a final proposal for industry to commit to voluntarily.”
The breathtaking rise of generative AI systems such as ChatGPT has dazzled users with their ability to mimic human responses while stirring fears about the risks they pose, setting off a global debate about how to design guardrails for the technology.
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Scientists and tech industry leaders, including high-level executives at Microsoft and Google, issued a new warning Tuesday about the profiles that artificial intelligence pose to humankind.
“Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” the statement said.
Sam Altman, CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, and Geoffrey Hinton, a computer scientist known as the godfather of artificial intelligence, were among the hundreds of leading figures who signed the statement posted on the Center for AI Safety’s website. It also suggested AI should be regulated by the United States or an international agency.
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The EU is at the forefront of the global movement to regulate artificial intelligence with its sweeping AI Act. The legislation is set for final negotiations, with political approval expected by year’s end. But those rules won’t take effect for two to three years “in the best possible case,” while AI technology is developing “by the month,” Vestager said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.