The leaders of the seven leading global economies who recently gathered in Hiroshima, Japan over the weekend have expressed concerns about the growth of generative artificial intelligence as they jointly call for developing and adopting technical standards for the responsible use of AI.
In a joint G7 Hiroshima Leaders’ Communiqué released over the weekend, the leaders raised the alarm on the growth of generative AI and called on other leaders to advance international discussions on inclusive AI governance.
The G7 leaders stressed that it is important that there be “interoperability to achieve a common vision and goal of trustworthy AI” and that it should be aligned with democratic values, especially for developed nations already embracing the technology.
European Union President Ursula von der Leyen, in a tweet highlighted the importance of AI and its potential benefits to the economy but stressed ‘guardrails’ must be set in place.
“Artificial intelligence’s potential benefits for citizens and the economy are great. At the same time, we need to agree to guardrails to develop AI in the EU, reflecting our democratic values. We want AI systems to be accurate, reliable, safe, and non-discriminatory, regardless of their origin,” von der Leyen said.
Earlier this month, EU leaders were close to passing legislation to set rules for governing generative AI technologies like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard AI technologies, which have had remarkable use and adoption among various countries in the past months.
In a report by Reuters, G7 leaders said generative AI technologies like ChatGPT need further emphasizing the “need to immediately take stock of the opportunities and challenges of generative AI.”
On Friday, the heads of government also agreed to create a ministerial forum, which they call the “Hiroshima AI process” to discuss issues around generative AI tools, such as intellectual property rights and disinformation.
A working group will also be set up to tackle issues from copyright to disinformation, the G7 nations said in the joint statement.
Text generation tools such as ChatGPT, image creators, and music composed using AI have sparked delight, alarm, and legal battles as creators accuse them of scraping material without permission from content owners.
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