UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has proposed that Britain becomes the global center for artificial intelligence (AI) regulation. Speaking at the London Tech Week conference, Sunak highlighted the potential of AI while emphasizing the need for safe implementation. He announced that the UK government will host a summit on AI risks and regulation later in the year. Sunak aims to position the UK as the intellectual and geographical home for global AI safety regulation.
Governments worldwide are grappling with the challenge of striking a balance between assessing and managing the potential negative impacts of AI without stifling innovation. Sunak acknowledged concerns about job displacement but drew parallels with previous technological advancements that also raised similar concerns.
In March, the UK decided to distribute regulatory responsibilities for AI among existing bodies responsible for human rights, health and safety, and competition, instead of creating a dedicated AI regulatory body.
During a recent visit to Washington, Sunak secured the support of US President Joe Biden for the UK to host an AI summit. The summit will focus on addressing the risks associated with AI and exploring internationally coordinated strategies for risk mitigation.
Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt expressed the importance of shaping the future of technology in a way that benefits everyone, emphasizing the UK’s desire to be a positive force in this regard.
The UK government’s efforts to position Britain as a leader in AI regulation reflect its commitment to fostering responsible and safe AI development while capitalizing on the potential of this transformative technology.