UK Pushes to Label AI as Capable of ‘Catastrophic Harm’

  • Sunak to welcome politicians, CEOs at AI summit next month
  • Britain seeking to forge common approach on AI ‘guardrails’

Rishi Sunak

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is pushing for nations to label artificial intelligence as capable of causing “catastrophic harm” at the AI Safety Summit the UK is hosting next month as it seeks to forge a common international approach on the rapidly advancing technology.

Britain wants countries to sign up to a joint position that outlines particular concerns for AI’s impact on cybersecurity and biotechnology, according to a draft communique circulated to attendees and seen by Bloomberg. Officials aim to hammer out final wording of the communique by Oct. 25, a separate document showed.

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UK Pushes to Label AI as Capable of ‘Catastrophic Harm’