Oliver Dowden Urges International Control Over AI Firms

Carl Belen
  • Deputy PM Oliver Dowden warns UN about AI's potential to destabilise global order.
  • Dowden emphasizes the need for international control over AI tech firms.
  • Calls for a 'new form of multilateralism' to manage rapid AI advancements.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) poses a risk to the stability of the global order, Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden cautioned the United Nations (UN). He expressed concern that global regulations are lagging behind the swift advancements in AI technology. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Dowden highlighted the urgency of the situation, especially as the UK prepares to host an AI summit later this year.

Dowden's speech in New York emphasized the need for a fresh approach to international cooperation, termed as a 'new form of multilateralism', to effectively manage and regulate AI. He pointed out that historically, leaders have reacted to technological advancements with regulations introduced after the fact. However, with AI, he believes that regulations and technological progress should evolve simultaneously.

Furthermore, Dowden proposed that the international community should exert some level of control over AI initiatives by tech companies. He underscored the significant influence tech companies and non-state entities wield in the AI domain, likening it to the influence of entire countries. While acknowledging AI's potential for both positive and negative impacts, Dowden highlighted its promising applications in fields like medicine and climate change mitigation. The upcoming AI safety summit in Britain will see participation from global leaders and tech industry stalwarts.

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