Sir Keir Starmer warns that AI ‘could exacerbate inequality and make some communities poorer’ | British News
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer will warn that artificial intelligence (AI) could exacerbate inequality and impoverish some communities.
Speaking at Tuesday’s London Tech Week conference: sir will argue that while the UK has the potential to be a world leader in new technologies, it relies on partnerships with business for the greater good.
He is expected to question whether prime minister Rishi Sunak is doing enough to strengthen Britain’s position as a world leader AI.
The opposition leader is also expected to speak about the legacy of deindustrialization over the past few decades, warning that the same mistakes must not be made again as technology advances.
Sir Keir will say in his speech that “our country faces a choice as to who will benefit from the tremendous disruption that technology will bring”.
“Will it be those who already have wealth and power, or will it be the start-up companies trying to break into the industry and disrupt it, the patients trying to book an appointment with their GP, or the workers who use technology to enhance and enhance their role?”
“May [AI] Are you helping to build an inclusive society where inequalities are reduced, not increased?
“This moment requires Work Values that consist of working with business, advancing technology for the greater good, and ensuring people and places are not left behind.”
Mr. Sunak gave a speech at the conference on Monday calling for warning measures to be put in place to protect against the “extreme risks” that AI could pose.
Meanwhile, a report by the former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Conservative Leader William Hague says the UK should set up a “national laboratory” to test AI to become the “brains” of both a UK and international regulator.
The former leaders argue that a “complete recalibration” is needed, including an overhaul of the machinery of government, to respond to the “radically transformed” society the technology is expected to create.
The report, titled “A New National Purpose: AI Promises a World-Leading Future of Britain,” suggests the national laboratory would work with the private sector and other nations to research and test the technology.
The lab’s five-year goal would be to “form the international regulatory function across the AI ecosystem,” the report says.
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The system would need to have “sufficient resources to operate at the cutting edge of AI,” the paper says, citing the £1 billion annual budget for DeepMind – a similar AI research project – as a reference.
Britain should join the US and other allies in pushing for a new UN framework for urgent safeguards for the technology, the report also concludes.