South Korea, Britain host global summit on AI safety

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : May 21, 2024, 18:01 Updated : May 22, 2024, 07:51
This screenshot image was captured from the official website of AI Seoul Summit
This screenshot image was captured from the official website of the AI Seoul Summit.
SEOUL, May 21 (AJU PRESS) - The AI Seoul Summit, aimed at seeking cooperation among governments, businesses and institutions for the safe utilization of artificial intelligence, began in Seoul on Tuesday.

The two-day virtual summit, co-hosted by South Korea and Britain, is a follow-up to the inaugural AI Safety Summit held in November 2023 at Bletchley Park in Britain.

The AI Seoul Summit consists of leaders' and ministerial sessions. The leaders' session, attended by national leaders, heads of international organizations, and representatives of big tech companies, will be held via video conference from 8:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) for 90 minutes under the theme "Building on the AI Safety Summit: Towards an Innovative and Inclusive Future."

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries, as well as Singapore and Australia, were invited to this year's summit. Other participants include representatives from the United Nations, the European Union, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and leading tech firms such as Samsung, Google, Amazon, Meta, Microsoft and OpenAI.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday presented three principles of AI development and governance: innovation, safety and inclusivity.

"As with any new technology, AI brings new risks, including deliberate misuse from those who mean to do us harm," the two leaders said in a joint opinion article. "However, with new models being released almost every week, we are still learning where these risks may emerge, and the best ways to manage them proportionately."

The ministerial session will take place in person at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Seoul on Wednesday. KIST is the first government-funded research institute in Korea. The leading science institute adopted supercomputers in 1988.

The ministerial session will be co-chaired by Korean Science and ICT Minister Lee Jong-ho and U.K. Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology Michelle Donelan.
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