In a joint statement released Saturday, international leaders at this weekend’s G-7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan called for the development of international standards that will govern new technologies, particularly artificial intelligence.
The panel argued that current international guidelines have not kept apace with the rapid growth of AI, and stressed that there must be greater discussion on the ‘responsible’ use of technology. To facilitate this, leaders will establish a working group to examine issues such as the impact of generative artificial intelligence, including its effects on issues such as copyright and disinformation.
The leaders were cognizant that AI generative tools, such as ChatGPT, and other imagery or music creation software, have been in the spotlight recently. On this point, they noted, “We recognize the need to immediately take stock of the opportunities and challenges of generative AI, which is increasingly prominent across countries and sectors”. This comes in the wake of Italy’s recent decision to ban ChatGPT, as well as the recent testimony by the CEO of OpenAI, Samuel Altman, before the US Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, around how the US might regulate the use of artificial intelligence.
The G-7 statement also outlined other ‘concrete steps’ that these leaders are focusing on following the summit, including support for Ukraine in its efforts to stop Russia’s invasion, promoting nuclear disarmament, investing in clean energy transitions, and addressing global food security.