G7 urges worldwide AI technological standards 2023

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations called for the development and adoption of international technical standards for dependable artificial intelligence (AI) on Saturday, as legislators of wealthy nations focus on the emerging technology.

While the G7 leaders at their meeting in Hiroshima, Japan, acknowledged that approaches to attaining “the common vision and goal of trustworthy AI may differ,” they stated in a joint statement that “the governance of the digital economy should continue to be updated in accordance with our shared democratic values.”

The G7 has urged the establishment of universal AI technological standards.

The agreement was reached after the European Union, which is represented at the G7, inched closer this month to passing legislation to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which could be the world’s first comprehensive AI law.

“We want AI systems to be accurate, reliable, safe, and non-discriminatory, regardless of their origin,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday.

The G7 leaders mentioned generative AI, the subset popularized by the ChatGPT app, stating that they “must assess the opportunities and challenges of generative AI immediately.”

The chiefs of government agreed on Friday to establish a ministerial forum known as the “Hiroshima AI process” by the end of the year to deliberate issues related to generative AI tools, such as intellectual property rights and disinformation.

The summit followed a G7 digital ministers’ meeting last month, at which the U.S., Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, and Canada agreed to implement “risk-based” artificial intelligence regulation.

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