Vice President Kamala Harris is set to participate in a conference on artificial intelligence in the United Kingdom next week, following President Joe Biden’s release of an eagerly awaited executive order on a developing technology that has sparked both enthusiasm and concern.
According to her office, she will depart on Tuesday and come back on November 2, accompanied by her husband, Douglas Emhoff.
Harris is scheduled to give a presentation on the Democratic administration’s strategy for artificial intelligence on November 1st, followed by a summit on the subject the following day. Emhoff is anticipated to join in activities with organizations and youth leaders centered on science education, promoting gender equality, and combating prejudice.
Kirsten Allen, a representative for Harris, stated that their aim is a future in which every individual is protected from the negative effects of AI and has equal access to its advantages.
Countries worldwide are hurrying to establish rules for artificial intelligence. Along with Biden’s executive order, the European Union is finalizing a comprehensive set of regulations that specifically address the most dangerous uses of this technology.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak aims to establish a significant position for the United Kingdom in regards to this matter. The upcoming summit, which will take place next week, will be hosted at Bletchley Park, a renowned estate located north of London that was formerly used as a headquarters for codebreakers during World War II. The teams at this location, also known as the birthplace of modern computing, successfully deciphered the Enigma code used by the Nazis, ultimately contributing to the end of the war.
The conference will center on the dangers associated with frontier artificial intelligence, which refers to advanced systems capable of performing various tasks and presenting unforeseen threats to public safety. These systems rely on extensive language models, which are trained using vast amounts of text and data.
American and European leaders have mentioned collaborating with other nations that share similar values in order to establish boundaries for artificial intelligence. China has also been included in the summit. During a speech on Thursday, Sunak defended the decision to invite China despite criticism that they should have been excluded. However, he could not guarantee that Beijing will attend.
Some lawmakers in Sunak’s Conservative party had called for China’s invitation to be rescinded after the revelation that a parliamentary researcher was arrested on suspicion of spying for Beijing.
According to him, a proper AI strategy cannot exist without attempting to collaborate with the top AI leaders worldwide. While it may not have been the easiest decision, it was the correct one.
Chan gave a report from the city of London.