Rishi Sunak talks to Google’s Sundar Pichai on ‘international collaboration’ on AI | politics news
Rishi Sunak held a private meeting with Google’s chief executive on Friday, as part of his ongoing discussions with tech leaders about the challenges posed by artificial intelligence.
The Prime Minister met with Sundar Pichaithe CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, on the Darlington Economic Campus.
They discussed the challenges AI poses, as well as the growth of the UK tech industry and the government’s ambitions in this regard Make Britain a superpower in science and technology.
On artificial intelligence, a Downing Street spokesman said: “They talked about finding the right balance of making sure the right regulatory guardrails are in place, while also driving innovation.”
“They discussed potential opportunities for industry and international collaboration on safe and responsible AI development and agreed to stay in touch on the matter.”
Mr. Sunak has has already held talks with tech bosses this week including the CEOs of OpenAIGoogle DeepMind and Anthropic.
The Prime Minister hailed AI as “the defining technology of our time with the potential to positively transform humanity”.
But he also discussed the need to regulate artificial intelligence to mitigate risks ranging from disinformation and national security to “existential threats.”
The explosive growth of AI and its diverse applications has led to its widespread adoption fake AI generated imagesAI photography mimicry and cloned music tracks.
Last week the BT Group said Up to 55,000 jobs will be lost by the end of the decade amid plans to move to AI and automated services.
There are growing concerns that the technology could hurt jobs and educationwhile Some experts have even warned against powerful AI systems “uncontrollable”
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Leading scientists and engineers are pushing for more regulation so the benefits of AI can be realized while mitigating the risks.
Writing in the Financial Times this week, Mr Pichai said AI is “the most profound technology humanity is working on today,” citing medical advances and “its ability to help thousands of Ukrainian refugees communicate in their new homes.”
He said AI is “too important not to regulate and too important not to regulate well”.
This comes amid mounting warnings from experts in the field.
The government’s former chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, has warned that AI could pose a danger comparable impact on jobs as the industrial revolution.
And earlier this month, Geoffrey Hinton, the man widely credited as the godfather of AI, said warned some of the dangers of AI chatbots are ‘pretty scary’ when he quit his job at Google.
Despite concerns about AI, the technology has made advances in the scientific and medical fields, among others a new test developed to potentially help doctors diagnose heart attacks faster and more accurately.
It was revealed this week that a man was paralyzed in a bicycle accident ten years ago Thanks to a wireless digital connection between his brain and spinal cord, he can now walk again.
Scientists have also used AI to develop a system to detect tsunamis and earthquakes.