US, UK, and other nations strike an agreement to create “secure by design” AI

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US, UK, and other nations strike an agreement to create
US, UK, and other nations strike an agreement to create "secure by design" AI

The 18 nations agreed that businesses creating and utilizing AI must create and implement technology in a way that protects consumers and the general public from abuse.

Encouraging businesses to develop AI systems that are “secure by design,” on Sunday, the US, UK, and over a dozen other nations unveiled what a senior US official called the first comprehensive international agreement on safeguarding artificial intelligence against rogue actors.

The 18 nations concurred in a 20-page declaration released on Sunday that businesses creating and utilizing artificial intelligence must create and implement technology in a way that protects consumers and the general public from abuse.

The most broad guidelines included in the non-binding pact include safeguarding data against manipulation, keeping an eye out for abuse of AI systems, and screening software providers.

However, Jen Easterly, the head of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, noted that it was significant that so many nations were endorsing the notion that AI systems should prioritize safety.

“This is the first time that we have seen an affirmation that these capabilities should not just be about cool features and how quickly we can get them to market or how we can compete to drive down costs,” Easterly told Reuters. He added that the standards represent “an agreement that the most important thing that needs to be done at the design phase is security.”

The agreement is the latest in a series of initiatives—a few of which carry teeth—by governments around the world to shape the development of AI, whose weight is increasingly being felt in industry and society at large.

In addition to the United States and Britain, the 18 countries that signed on to the new guidelines include Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Australia, Chile, Israel, Nigeria, and Singapore.

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