The United Kingdom will host the first global summit dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) before the end of 2023. The goal is to define a global approach to limit the risks associated with this technology, announced Wednesday Rishi Sunak in Washington.

"AI has incredible potential to transform our lives for the better," the British prime minister said on the sidelines of a visit to the White House. "We need to make sure it is developed and used safely. Throughout history, we have continued to create revolutionary new technologies [...] for the good of humanity. That is what we need to do again. »

The United Kingdom, the future leader of AI?

The summit is expected to be held in the autumn and bring together "like-minded countries" to lay the groundwork for regulation. The idea of the summit, however, is not intended to thwart the exploitation of AI by authoritarian states such as China or Russia. But it responds to the British desire to host, in the long term, the headquarters of a potential global regulator of AI.

This will could be undermined because the EU and the United States have already begun discussions on the subject. But according to Rishi Sunak, the United Kingdom is not likely to be excluded. "We have to have confidence in our country's ability to be a leader when it comes to AI because that's what the facts underline," he told the BBC. "If you look at the number of companies, the amounts invested, the quality of our research, no one is at the level among other democratic countries, outside the United States."

Rishi Sunak also claimed that Joe Biden, despite his age (80 years) was not surpassed by the AI. "We discussed artificial intelligence" at the G7, the prime minister said. "He is acutely aware of the risks and opportunities involved. I also know that he has in mind the threats our countries will face in the future and wants to make sure we work together to protect them. »

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