U.S. and UK AI Safety Institutes Forge Landmark Partnership to Ensure Safe AI

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Posted on 04/03/2024
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In a significant step towards fostering global collaboration in the realm of AI, the United States and the United Kingdom have joined forces to establish a groundbreaking partnership. This initiative, which was made official on April 1, aims to enhance AI safety by aligning scientific approaches, sharing expertise, and accelerating the development of robust evaluation methods for AI models, systems, and agents.


The memorandum of understanding (MOU), inked by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and UK Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan, signifies a commitment to collaborative research, safety evaluations, and guidance on AI safety. Building on commitments made at the AI Safety Summit held last November, this partnership underscores the urgency of addressing emerging risks associated with AI technology.


Central to the partnership is the creation of a common approach to AI safety testing, with plans to conduct joint testing exercises on publicly accessible models. By pooling resources and expertise, both countries aim to enhance their understanding of AI systems and issue more rigorous safety guidelines. Additionally, the Institutes will explore opportunities for personnel exchanges, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and best practices.


Secretary Gina Raimondo emphasized the pivotal role of AI in shaping the future, stating, “AI is the defining technology of our generation. This partnership is going to accelerate both of our Institutes’ work across the full spectrum of risks, whether to our national security or to our broader society.” She further highlighted the collaborative spirit driving the initiative, emphasizing the importance of confronting AI-related concerns head-on.


Echoing this sentiment, UK Secretary of State for Science, Innovation, and Technology, Michelle Donelan, emphasized the shared responsibility in ensuring the safe development of AI. “Ensuring the safe development of AI is a shared global issue,” she stated. “Only by working together can we address the technology’s risks head on and harness its enormous potential to help us all live easier and healthier lives.”


The partnership marks a significant milestone in the long-standing relationship between the U.S. and UK, reinforcing their commitment to advancing AI safety on a global scale. It builds upon the foundational principles laid out at Bletchley Park in November, signaling a united front in addressing the evolving challenges posed by AI technology.


Recognizing the importance of international collaboration, both countries have pledged to share vital information and technical research on AI safety and security. This collaborative effort aims to establish a common scientific foundation for AI safety testing, fostering a cohesive approach among researchers worldwide.


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