Was the first international summit on AI safety an important stepping stone toward ensuring safe and productive AI for all? A political opportunity for U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to position his government as a global leader in the field? Or a show put on to convince us all that international tech giants can be trusted to act responsibly as they roll out increasingly powerful AI tools?
Well, I think it’s fair to say that it was a bit of all three.
The focus of the event, attended by delegations from over 30 countries and leaders from tech giants including Alphabet, Meta and OpenAI, was on safety concerns around frontier AI.
This is a term that's only been loosely defined and is often applied to the most powerful generative AI models, as well as AI that’s capable of doing many jobs (generalized or strong AI) rather than simply carrying out one task (narrow AI).