As the tech industrial heavyweights continue to explore the good and the bad of artificial intelligence, the UK’s parliament members have a competing idea. On Thursday, August 31, the MPs requested the UK government to form a democratic alliance to address the risk associated with the misuse of AI.
In their recommendation, the MPs proposed that the government collaborate with the Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee (SITC) to address the AI concerns. The legislators noted that the UK and SITC share common democratic values.
Addressing Misuse of AI
The SITC was formed by the House of Commons to reassess government policies across different public agencies. The MPs proposed that the authority should team up with the SCIT to prevent bad players from attempting to cause harm through AI technology. The lawmakers noted that AI could be leveraged by bad actors to share deep fakes that threaten the public.
A deepfakes involves using AI generative tools to create fake content and spread rumors. The policymakers decried that unscrupulous players could use AI to develop biological and chemical weapons.
Despite the benefits of AI, regulators in the UK have expressed concern about the impact of using generative tools. Earlier last month, the UK prime minister Rishi Sunak announced plans to host a summit in November.
The expected conference will take place at Bletchley Park, seeking to bring together businesses, investors, and regulators to discuss the impact of AI development. The summit will also lay out clear guidelines for AI to position the UK as a central hub for tech.
Overview of AI Regulations
The seminar aims at supporting London to become a burgeoning hub for innovation. Reportedly, the summit will be attended by other countries seeking to leverage innovation to tackle real-life challenges.
Even though the event aims at bringing together the G7 member countries, it was reported that China will also take part. The attendance of China has created speculations among the crypto community.
A few days ago, the SITC shared a report urging the UK government to formulate a bill on AI that will be discussed during the upcoming event. The proposed AI bill will position the UK ahead of other legislators seeking to monitor the AI sector.
The lawmakers initially drafted the EU AI Act outlining several developments and risks associated with this technology. The bill is expected to undergo further review before its implementation in 2025.
Recently, the House of Commons requested the government to restrict the ability of AI developers to test their systems. The proposed restriction will affect AI-powered text, images, and literature training.
The policymakers opposed the provision to exclude AI-oriented text and data mining from the UK copyright protection. The regulators argued this policy could undermine the development of arts and culture.