UK and US forge new alliance to tackle AI safety together


The UK and the US have inked a MOU to foster collaboration on the development of advanced testing for AI models.

This partnership, sealed on Monday 1 April 2024 by Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan of the UK and US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, follows pledges made at the AI Safety Summit in November last year.

The agreement underscores a concerted effort by both nations to align their scientific methodologies and collaboratively enhance the evaluation processes for AI technologies. By agreeing to undertake joint testing exercises and encouraging exchanges of expertise between their AI Safety Institutes, the UK and US aim to spearhead a unified approach to AI safety. This initiative is not just about mitigating risks but also about leveraging AI’s potential to improve lives globally.

UK Secretary of State for Science, Innovation, and Technology, Michelle Donelan, emphasised the historic nature of this collaboration, viewing it as an extension of the “enduring special relationship” between the two countries. She highlighted the global imperative of AI safety and the collective responsibility to navigate the technology’s challenges and opportunities responsibly.

Echoing this sentiment, US Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, characterized AI as the defining technology of our era, stressing the partnership’s role in advancing understanding and establishing rigorous standards for AI systems. Raimondo’s comments reflect a proactive stance towards addressing AI risks while strengthening the bilateral ties that underscore this initiative.

As AI continues to evolve at a breakneck pace, this transatlantic partnership marks a proactive step towards ensuring that AI development remains safe and beneficial. By committing to share insights and research on AI safety and security, the UK and US not only reinforce their special relationship but also set a precedent for international cooperation in the realm of AI governance.

The implications of this agreement extend beyond bilateral relations, aiming to establish a global framework for AI safety. By working together, the UK and US are laying the groundwork for a safer, more secure AI future, demonstrating leadership and a shared commitment to harnessing AI’s vast potential responsibly.

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