US leads historic UN Resolution to democratise artificial intelligence


The United States has taken a pioneering role at the United Nations with its proposal for the first-ever resolution focused on AI.

According to Associated Press, this initiative aims to guarantee that AI technology is developed and utilized in a manner that is safe, secure, and trustworthy. Furthermore, it seeks to ensure that all nations, particularly those in the developing world, can equally access and benefit from AI advancements.

The draft resolution tabled at the General Assembly underscores the importance of narrowing the digital divide and ensuring inclusive participation in AI discussions. It highlights the necessity for a global consensus on the development of AI systems that are both safe and beneficial, amidst their rapid advancement and deployment across various sectors. Recognizing the evolving nature of AI governance, the resolution calls for continued dialogue on potential regulatory frameworks.

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan emphasized the global community’s need for a consensus on AI, pointing out the resolution’s aim to establish foundational principles for AI development and usage. He noted the extensive consultations with U.N. member states, reflecting the resolution’s broad support.

The resolution also highlights the potential of AI to accelerate progress towards the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. It encourages a collaborative approach among nations, organizations, and individuals to develop governance frameworks for AI, while cautioning against its misuse.

Echoing the resolution’s objectives, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield referenced President Joe Biden’s vision of harnessing emerging technologies like AI to achieve the U.N.’s 2030 goals. She lauded the resolution as a critical step towards establishing a secure, reliable, and universally accessible artificial intelligence framework.

This resolution, co-sponsored by numerous countries, represents a significant stride towards international consensus on artificial intelligence governance, emphasizing the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout AI systems’ lifecycle.

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