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US, Britain among 18 countries to sign agreement on making AI safety: ‘most important thing is security’

The United States, Britain, and other countries have unveiled the first international agreement on keeping artificial intelligence (AI) safe from misuse, urging companies to create AI systems that prioritize security.

A photo taken on November 23, 2023 shows the logo of the ChatGPT application developed by US artificial intelligence research organization OpenAI on a smartphone screen (L) and the letters AI on a laptop screen in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. Sam Altman's shock return as chief executive of OpenAI late on November 22 -- days after being sacked -- caps a chaotic period that highlighted deep tensions at the heart of the Artificial Intelligence community. The board that fired Altman from his role as CEO of the ChatGPT creator has been almost entirely replaced following a rebellion by employees, cementing his position at the helm of the firm. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (AFP)Premium
A photo taken on November 23, 2023 shows the logo of the ChatGPT application developed by US artificial intelligence research organization OpenAI on a smartphone screen (L) and the letters AI on a laptop screen in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. Sam Altman's shock return as chief executive of OpenAI late on November 22 -- days after being sacked -- caps a chaotic period that highlighted deep tensions at the heart of the Artificial Intelligence community. The board that fired Altman from his role as CEO of the ChatGPT creator has been almost entirely replaced following a rebellion by employees, cementing his position at the helm of the firm. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (AFP)

United States, Britain and 16 other countries signed a 20 page agreement centred around safe development of artificial intelligence systems and stop them from falling into the hands of rogue actors. The agreement contains mostly general recommendations like monitoring AI systems for abuse, protecting data tampering, vetting software suppliers and is non-binding in nature.

Apart from US and Britain, the other signatories to the latest AI agreement include Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Australia, Chile, Israel, Nigeria and Singapore.

The new agreement focuses on measures to keep artificial intelligence technology form being hijacked by hackers and recommends releasing AI models only after necessary security testing while missing out on questions concerning appropriate use of AI and how the data for training major AI models like ChatGPT and Bard is collected.

US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly while speaking about the agreement told Reuters "This is the first time that we have seen an affirmation that these capabilities should not just be about cool features and how quickly we can get them to market or how we can compete to drive down costs… an agreement that the most important thing that needs to be done at the design phase is security."

Safety concerns have been a major chunk of the discussions centered around generative AI since the launch of OpenAI's ChatGPT in November last year and followed other prominent generative AI based chatbots like Google's Bard and Anthropic's Claude. Unlike traditional chatbots, these generative AI based chatbots are capable of processing a multitue of tasks with a single prompt which can range from asking the model to write  a novel to even getting answers to complex physics problem.

Governments around the world are now focusing on regultions around AI including a recent agreement between France, Germany and Italy that focuses on how AI should be regulated and the recently concluded AI summit called by UK.

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Published: 27 Nov 2023, 08:20 AM IST
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