Wednesday, April 24

AI Safety: US And Britain Announce Partnership

Edited by Akhil Thomas

Amid the growing concerns related to artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the United States and Britain announced a new partnership on the science of AI safety. Both countries have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on this initiative and will work together to develop tests for the most advanced AI models.

The agreement, which was signed by UK Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan and US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, will allow AI Safety Institutes of both countries to work with each other, partnering on research and guidance for AI safety. The US Department of Commerce mentioned in its statement that the AI Safety Institutes have also designed plans to develop a common approach to AI safety testing and to share their capabilities to tackle the risks effectively.

Notably, the US administration also said that the partnership will take effect immediately. The AI safety testing bodies of both countries are also planning to perform a joint testing exercise on an AI model available to the public and also intend to exchange employees and share information with each other.

“AI is the defining technology of our generation. This partnership is going to accelerate both of our Institutes’ work across the full spectrum of risks, whether to our national security or to our broader society,” said US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in the press release. Meanwhile, UK Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan said that the agreement represents a landmark moment. “The work of our two nations in driving forward AI safety will strengthen the foundations we laid at Bletchley Park in November,” added the UK official. Tech leaders and politicians had gathered in Britain last year for the first AI Safety Summit. The historic two-day event was held at Bletchley Park.