Rishi Sunak, British PM, has stated that new AI models will be tested before they are released

On Thursday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that like-minded countries and artificial intelligence corporations had agreed to test new AI models before they were released.

Rishi Sunak

Sunak is organizing a two-day AI Safety Summit, where he gained China's support for an international effort to monitor the hazards of the technology on Wednesday.

Sunak announced a new "landmark agreement" on Thursday with "like-minded governments and AI companies."

"We will work together on testing the safety of new AI models before they are released," Sunak stated at the summit's news conference.

A list of countries that had agreed to collaborate on safety testing did not include China, whose representatives were not present on the second day of negotiations.

The negotiations were attended by representatives from the United States, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Canada, and Australia.

"It is critical that frontier AI is developed safely and that the potential risks of new models are rigorously assessed before and after they are deployed, including by evaluating for potentially harmful capabilities," Britain said in a summary of the participants' discussions in a chair's statement.

When asked why China was not invited to discuss AI model testing, Sunak said it was correct to invite China to some aspects of the summit, in keeping with Britain's strategy of engaging with China where possible but also protecting against risks.

"We achieved the outcome that we wanted, which was for them to be here, to be engaged ... and for them to have signed up to the Bletchley Park communique," he went on to say.


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