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AI Safety Summit attendees: What we know so far

AI Safety Summit
Bletchley Park. Image credit: Ron Ellis / Shutterstock

In less than two weeks tech executives, foreign diplomats and academics will descend on Bletchley Park for the UK’s AI Safety Summit. The final list of attendees has not been published, but it is set to be a small-scale affair.

Topics will include the potential use of AI in election disruption, the erosion of social trust and the exacerbation of global inequalities.

Matt Clifford, who is leading the AI Safety Summit, has said it will be limited to “about 100 attendees”. This is in part due to the size constraints of the historic venue, which was the home to codebreakers during World War II.

Speaking to UKTN, the conservative AI and IP policy lead Viscount Camrose said the size restrictions were a “downside of Bletchley Park” but nonetheless gave the tech department a “real focus and discipline around attendance and around agenda that will take the whole thing forward”.

Invites have been sent out and with just over a week to go, the attendee list is starting to shape up for the AI Safety Summit.

Silicon Valley giants

As reported by the Telegraph, the chief executives from the three largest AI labs – OpenAI, the Microsoft-backed developer of ChatGPT; Google Deepmind, the British firm acquired by Alphabet; and Anthropic, founded by former OpenAI staff – will be in attendance.

Silicon Valley’s AI elite have already expressed an interest in cooperating with the UK government on regulation, with the three chief executives having already met with the prime minister for a discussion on the topic in May.

Also expected to attend from the valley are representatives from Meta, which recently built an open-source AI model, and Microsoft, which has invested extensively in generative AI. Representatives from Google are also expected to attend.

Meta’s president of global affairs and one-time UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg will represent the Facebook parent company at the summit.

The Telegraph has also reported that a representative from Elon Musk’s xAI startup is expected to attend.

Home-grown AI

Graphcore, which designs processing units which support the surrounding infrastructure of AI, confirmed to UKTN that it has been invited. Fellow British AI unicorn Stability AI, which competes with OpenAI in the image generation market, is also a likely attendee, first reported by Sifted.

Marc Warner, CEO of London-based AI company Faculty, confirmed he is attending the summit. Speaking to Reuters, Warner said, “London is the third most important AI city, behind San Francisco and Beijing”.

China

One of the biggest questions hanging over the summit was whether China would be invited. Political tensions, tech competitiveness and recent accusations of Chinese spies infiltrating parliament had threatened to jeopardise the invite.

The presence of China, despite its controversy, has been recognised by politicians from both Labour and the Conservatives as essential.

Writing for UKTN, Darren Jones, Labour MP and shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said that China “ought to be” there despite “geopolitical tension”.

The Viscount Camrose told UKTN that China’s presence in the AI space is too significant to not be present at what the government intends to be a global summit.

“If China, the second-largest AI power on Earth were not to be joining us I think that would be very much more concerning.”

The Financial Times reported last week that China intends to send a representative to the summit. However, it is not yet clear the capacity in which they will be attending.

Europe

As of 7 September, just six of the 27 member states of the EU had been invited, according to Sifted. The startup publication reported that France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain would be representing Europe.

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, is likely to attend. France is lining up an AI summit of its own, also taking place in November.

The EU confirmed that Vice President Vera Jourova had received an invitation, however, Reuters reported that Jourova had not yet confirmed if she intended to go.

Rest of world

Unsurprisingly, the US government is expected to be represented at the summit, alongside Canada, South Africa, Brazil and India. Joe Biden, the US president, is not expected to attend.

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