On Thursday, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres appointed a 39-member advisory panel to investigate and report on the global regulation of artificial intelligence, including its potential risks, challenges, and opportunities.
At a press conference, the leader of the United Nations announced that a diverse group, including people of different genders and from various regions and age groups, will release initial recommendations by the end of this year and final recommendations by the summer of 2024. These recommendations will be considered at the U.N. Summit of the Future, where world leaders will gather in September 2024.
During these difficult times, Guterres stated that AI has the ability to drive significant advancements for humanity. He also mentioned that its potential to bring about positive transformation is almost unfathomable.
He stated that AI has the potential to cause harm in various ways, including spreading misinformation and disinformation, perpetuating bias and discrimination, invading privacy through surveillance, and committing fraud and other human rights violations.
According to Guterres, it is evident that the malicious utilization of AI has the potential to erode trust in institutions, diminish social unity, and jeopardize democracy.
According to Guterres, the current state of AI expertise is primarily held by a select few companies and countries. This could result in greater disparities on a global scale and widen the gap between those with access to digital resources and those without. He believes that what is necessary is united efforts on a global level.
The United Nations announced the creation of a group made up of professionals from various sectors, including government, the private sector, research institutions, civil society, and academia. This marks a significant advancement in the U.N.’s work to tackle international governance issues related to artificial intelligence and will aid in connecting current and future initiatives.