The leaders of the G7 nations stated on Saturday that there is an immediate need for the world to evaluate the impact of generative artificial intelligence. They also announced that they will begin conversations this year on the “responsible” use of the technology.
In a final declaration that was presented during a summit in Hiroshima, Japan, the seven top economies stated that they will be setting up a working group to tackle issues ranging from copyright to disinformation.
Text generating tools such as ChatGPT, image creators, and music made using AI have provoked delight, anxiety, and legal challenges as producers accuse them of stealing material without permission. These programs have also been the subject of legal battles.
The chief executive of ChatGPT’s OpenAI testified before US senators this week that it was vital to regulate AI. This comes as governments all over the world are coming under increasing amounts of pressure to move rapidly in order to reduce the risks.
According to the statement released by the Group of Seven (G7), “We recognize the need to immediately take stock of the opportunities and challenges of generative AI,” which is becoming increasingly prominent across all countries and industries.
According to what was stated in the document, “We task relevant ministers to establish the Hiroshima AI process, through a G7 working group, in an inclusive manner… for discussions on generative AI by the end of this year.”
“These discussions may include topics such as governance, the protection of intellectual property rights (including copyrights), the promotion of transparency, a response to foreign information manipulation (including disinformation), and the responsible utilization of these technologies,”
According to the announcement, the new working group will be organized in conjunction with the OECD, which is an organization of developed countries, as well as the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI).
On Tuesday, the Chief Executive Officer of OpenAI, Sam Altman, testified in front of a panel in the United States Senate and urged Congress to put new regulations on big tech.
He was adamant that in the long run, the generative AI that his company was developing will one day “address some of humanity’s biggest challenges, such as climate change and curing cancer.”
On the other hand, “we think that regulatory intervention by governments will be critical to mitigate the risks of increasingly powerful models,” he stated.
This month, legislators from the European Parliament took the first step toward regulating ChatGPT and other AI systems across the European Union.
Before beginning negotiations with other EU member states on a final law, the draft will be presented to the entire parliament for adoption the following month.
“While rapid technological change has been strengthening societies and economies, the international governance of new digital technologies has not necessarily kept pace,” the G7 stated in their statement.
According to the statement made by the group, “the governance of the digital economy should continue to be updated in line with our shared democratic values” in regard to artificial intelligence and other developing technologies such as immersive metaverses.
It was noted that some of these values include “protection from online harassment, hate, and abuse.” Other examples of these values include “fairness,” “respect for privacy,” and “protection from online harassment.”