G7 leaders agreed on the need for governance in the field of generative AI and expressed concern about the disruptive potential of rapidly evolving technologies. As part of the so-called “Hiroshima process”, the governments want to discuss this issue at cabinet level and present the results by the end of the year, the heads of state and government said in a statement at the G7 summit yesterday.
To ensure AI development is human-centric and credible, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has called for collaboration to secure cross-border data flow and pledged to contribute financially to the effort. The call for more regulation echoes calls from industry leaders and governments around the world after the release of OpenAI’s generative AI ChatGPT sparked a race among companies to accelerate technology development. The G7 fear that if left unchecked, these technologies could become a powerful tool for disinformation and political unrest. Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, along with Head of Privacy at International Business Machine Corp. this week urged US senators to tighten regulation of AI. In addition, the World Health Organization released a statement this week written downthat adopting AI too quickly carries the risk of medical errors, which can undermine the credibility of this technology and delay its implementation.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wants to develop a policy to deal with the risks and benefits of AI and brought Altman and others to the UK to do so. The European Union is taking a move to regulate AI tools, requiring companies to ensure users know when they’re interacting with AI and banning their use in real-time to identify people in public places. Altman said he would welcome the new regulator as a way for the US to assert its leadership in this area.
Hiroki Habuka, senior fellow at the Wadhwani Center for AI and Advanced Technologies, pointed out the importance of cracking down on AI: “Importantly, when there is a serious problem, the government must ultimately take strong action. However, if the law is too detailed, it cannot keep up with technological changes.“.