british prime minister, Rishi Sunak recently announced that Google DeepMind, OpenAI and Anthropic – three technology companies considered world leaders in generative AI technologies – have agreed to provide the UK with early access to their AI models.
Sunak announced during his speech Opening at London Tech Week, an event described by organizers as “a global celebration of technology, bringing together the most innovative thinkers and talents in a week-long festival”.
He made the comment while outlining a three-part plan to ensure the safe deployment of AI systems in the UK. The first step, according to the text of the speech, It is a state of the art security research:
“We’re working with frontier labs: Google DeepMind, OpenAI, and Anthropic. I’m pleased to announce that they’ve committed to giving early or priority access to models for research and security purposes to help build better assessments and help us better understand the opportunities and risks of these systems.”
Then the Prime Minister made it clear The second step of the UK’s plan is to recognize that AI, as a technology, “does not respect traditional national boundaries,” so a global taskforce is necessary..
Finally, the third step, according to Sunak, is Investing in both AI and quantum intelligence to “harness the extraordinary potential of AI to improve people’s lives”. He pointed to recent investments of $1.125m and $2.75bn for computing and quantum technologies, respectively, as steps the UK had already taken towards achieving this target.
At the moment it is not clear what kind of “early or priority” access the British government will have and when it will be granted.
Provided by Google DeepMind, OpenAI, and Anthropic historically Beta and limited preview versions of large language models (such as Google’s Bard, OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Anthropic’s Claude). The three companies have also invested in both internal testing with the company’s scientists and in certificate External with contracted experts.
The Prime Minister has not made clear whether the UK will be able to access production models to the general public or contractors, or whether the obligation is simply to provide access to the government as well as other priority researchers.
These comments come at a time of very active regulatory efforts in the UK. Not only is Parliament rushing to provide blanket protections to citizens in connection with the recent boom in generative AI, but it is also facing mounting pressure to regulate cryptocurrency, blockchain and Web3 technologies.
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