UK unveils AI events ahead of safety summit

AI events Bletchley Park. Image credit: courtney_nies17 / Shutterstock

The government will host a series of artificial intelligence events with civil society groups and tech bodies in the run-up to the AI Safety Summit.

The summit on AI safety is a little over a month away and will see international governments and major tech firms gather in Bletchley Park to discuss risks and concerns around the rapidly developing technology.

Leading up to the two-day event, the government intends to receive insight from academics, charities and other relevant parties to build out the topics that will be discussed on 1 and 2 November.

Pre-summit events will be held by the Alan Turing Institute, Royal Society, techUK and British Academy. They will cover topics including using AI to improve lives, supporting healthcare and risks to global governance.

“We want organisations to consider how AI will shape their work in the future and ensure that the UK is leading on the safe development of those tools,” said Michelle Donelan, the technology secretary.

“I am determined to keep the public informed and invested in shaping the direction we take, and these engagements will be an important part of that process.

“The UK is consistently recognised as a world leader in AI, frequently ranking in the top three countries – and I have every confidence we can cement our position as the geographical home of AI.”

As the summit approaches, questions have been asked of the government over the specific terms of the first-of-its-kind event.

The focus, according to the government, will be “frontier AI”, which has been described as “highly capable general-purpose AI models that can perform a wide variety of tasks and match or exceed the capabilities present in today’s most advanced models.”

It was revealed last week, after some speculation, that China would be invited to the event, despite ongoing political tensions.

Sifted has also reported that Graphcore and Stability AI are among the private sector tech firms expected to be invited.