United Nations takes action to combat risks of artificial intelligence

United Nations Urges Global Cooperation in AI Regulation: US, EU and UK Lead the Way, But Political Polarization Slows Progress

The US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has recently emphasized the need for global cooperation in regulating artificial intelligence. This call comes after all 193 members of the UN General Assembly made a collective decision to take control of AI development rather than allowing it to control them. This decision is part of a larger effort to monitor the development of AI technologies and prevent potential risks such as disruption of democratic processes, fraud, and job losses.

The US, UK, and several other countries took an international agreement last November to safeguard AI from counterfeiting and encourage companies to implement security measures for their AI systems. The European Union has also taken a leading role in regulating AI, while the Biden administration continues to urge lawmakers in the US to act on AI regulation. However, progress has been slow due to political polarization.

To address these concerns and strengthen national security, the White House issued an executive order in October that aimed to regulate AI development. After nearly four months of negotiations, this order provided a foundation of principles that will guide future steps in the use of artificial intelligence. Despite some opposition during negotiations, the US administration remains engaged with countries that have differing views on AI regulation.

Governments worldwide are exploring AI technologies for various applications, including China and Russia. Recent reports from Microsoft detailed espionage attempts by hackers using AI software in these countries. While China disputed these allegations, Russia did not respond to requests for comment. As such, the global landscape of AI regulation and security measures continues to evolve as countries navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by artificial intelligence technologies.

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