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Rishi Sunak reveals ‘landmark agreement’ with AI firms to test safety of models before release | Science & Tech News

Rishi Sunak has said the UK’s landmark AI safety summit will “tip the balance in favour of humanity” after tech companies agreed to work with governments to test the safety of their models before their release.

The prime minister said while the event at Bletchley Park was “only the beginning of the conversation”, it showed there was the “political will and capability to control the technology”.

He revealed governments and AI companies had reached a “landmark agreement” to test the safety of their models before they are released to the public.

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AI models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google‘s Bard are trained on huge amounts of data to respond to prompts, learning patterns to make predictions.

One of the concerns is a lack of transparency around the data they are trained on.

“This is a new step that was necessary,” Mr Sunak told Sky’s science and technology editor Tom Clarke.

“In order to regulate this technology, to make sure it is safe, we have to have the capability to understand what these models are capable of and to do that safety testing and evaluation.”

He added: “We can’t expect companies to mark their own homework.”

The UK and US governments will establish their own AI safety institutes to carry out such testing, and work to share their findings.

Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak welcomes U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris at the AI Safety Summit in Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes, Britain, November 2, 2023. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
US vice president Kamala Harris and (below) the Italian PM Giorgia Meloni were among the politicians at the summit

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak meets with Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni during the AI safety summit, the first global summit on the safe use of artificial intelligence, at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Picture date: Thursday November 2, 2023.

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Mr Sunak was speaking at a news briefing to close the event in Milton Keynes, which took place at the home of Britain’s Second World War codebreakers.

It brought together politicians, tech bosses, and academics to discuss challenges posed by artificial intelligence.

It resulted in the Bletchley Declaration, which saw 28 nations including the US and China agree to collaborate to research safety concerns around…

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