British politicians and business leaders have joined forces to establish an international commission tasked with guiding the development and application of artificial intelligence.
Dubbed the AI Global Governance Commission, the initiative has been launched by the Big Innovation Centre in response to recommendations from the House of Lords Select Committee AI report.
Birgitte Andersen, CEO of the Big Innovation Centre, said the commission would revolutionise the way AI is debated and legislated, and give entrepreneurs and businesses the confidence to embrace the technology.
“It will accelerate global policy development and create a shared vision via an international ‘open policy’ making approach,” Andersen said in a statement.
Lord Clement-Jones and MP Stephen Metcalfe, the co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, have written to Matt Hancock, the digital secretary, inviting the UK government to sign up to the commission. Hancock’s department has not yet responded to NS Tech’s request for comment.
Lloyds Banking Group, the University of Oxford, IBM and KPMG are among the initiative’s stakeholders, but it is yet to enlist any of the internet giants pushing the boundaries of AI research.
Calum Chace, an AI expert who has advised the APPG on AI, said he welcomed the commission’s formation, but that its success would depend on collaboration with the US and China.
“The commission should be engaging with the tech giants and also with China,” he told NS Tech. “The conversation with China is really important, partly because they otherwise won’t listen to us, and partly because they know better than we do what this stuff can do.”
“The issue we should be paying attention to is the medium-term impact on jobs,” he added. “Machines aren’t going to render us unemployable in the short-term, but in the next 15-20 years they very likely will and we better prepare for it.”