‘Guardrails’ will be put in place to regulate growth of AI, vows Sunak

18 May 2023, 22:04

Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak. Picture: PA

Growing concerns have been raised with the prominence of the ChatGPT bot.

Rishi Sunak has insisted that “guardrails” will be put in place so the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) can be reaped while minimising the risks to society.

The Prime Minister said the UK’s regulation must evolve alongside the rapid advance of AI, with threats including to jobs and disinformation.

His comments came as BT Group said it will cut up to 55,000 jobs by the end of the decade amid plans to shift to AI and automated services.

Mr Sunak has advocated the technology’s benefits for national security and the economy, but growing concerns have been raised with the prominence of the ChatGPT bot.

Former Government chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has said AI could have a comparable impact on jobs to the industrial revolution.

Earlier this month, Geoffrey Hinton, the man widely seen as the godfather of AI, warned some of the dangers of AI chatbots are “quite scary” as he quit his job at Google.

Speaking to journalists travelling with him in Japan, Mr Sunak said he expects his discussions with world leaders on AI to carry on at the G7 summit in Hiroshima.

“If it’s used safely, if it’s used securely, obviously there are benefits from artificial intelligence for growing our economy, for transforming our society, improving public services,” he said.

“But, as I say, that has to be done safely and securely, and with guardrails in place, and that has been our regulatory approach.”

His comments mark a hardening in tone towards AI.

The Government’s policy paper on the technology published less than two months ago was titled “A pro-innovation approach to AI regulation”.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “There’s a recognition that AI is a problem that can’t be solved by any one country acting unilaterally.

“The UK’s approach is meant to be nimble and iterative because of the nature of AI.

“The starting point for us is safety and reassuring the public they can have the confidence in how AI is being used on their behalf.”

By Press Association

More Technology News

See more More Technology News

A mobile phone

Parents need to look at own phone ‘addiction’, says Children’s Commissioner

LockBit

Major ransomware site taken down in international law enforcement sting

Tinder dating app

Tinder brings ID verification to the UK

Scam ads

Social media platforms and search engines still littered with scam ads – Which?

A drone

Plan to ease rules on drones could help urgent medical deliveries

lockbit

Hacker website taken over by UK-led law enforcement operation

Suella Braverman

Tech giants ‘could severely disable UK spooks from stopping online harms’

Most influential Scots on TikTok

Jobs in Ireland at risk as TikTok to cut several hundred jobs globally

The type of emotion reading AI has not been specified.

Reverend's 'horror' as daughter to be interviewed by emotion-reading AI, as father blasts 'robots who decide employment'

Mobile phone study

Teachers get new guidance as ministers ‘ban’ mobile phones in schools

A shop sign for Virgin media

Virgin Media O2 announces plans to create BT Openreach rival

Esther Ghey

Brianna Ghey’s mother says ‘trans hate’ targeting daughter on X is ‘horrendous’

The OpenAI logo on a mobile phone in front of a computer screen displaying output from ChatGPT

OpenAI unveils tool that can create video from text

Sadiq Khan

Deepfakes could swing close UK election or referendum, Sadiq Khan suggests

Brianna Ghey

Online safety law does not go far enough, says Brianna Ghey’s mother

The ChatGPT website

OpenAI and Microsoft disrupt state-backed hackers using ChatGPT