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Laurie Clarke


Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence founded by UK and other nations

A group of countries including the UK have founded the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), a body intended to oversee the “responsible” development of AI, that will first examine how the technology could aid recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a joint statement, the group – which also comprises Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, the United States, and the European Union – writes: “As the founding members, we will support the responsible and human-centric development and use of AI in a manner consistent with human rights, fundamental freedoms, and our shared democratic values, as elaborated in the OECD Recommendation on AI.”

The initiative claims to want to develop AI “grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation, and economic growth”, by supporting AI research and applied activities and working with partners across industry, civil society, governments, and academia.

In the first instance, the group will be focused on four themes: responsible AI, data governance, the future of work and innovation and commercialisation.

The OECD is due to host the Secretariat of the new Global Partnership on AI (GPAI). “AI is a truly transformational technology that could play a catalysing role in our response to Covid-19 and other global challenges provided it is developed and used with trust, transparency and accountability,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

“The launch of GPAI, an initiative grounded in the OECD AI Principles, marks an important step toward this goal. The OECD is looking forward to building powerful synergies between cutting-edge scientific work envisioned by GPAI and the OECD’s AI policy leadership.”

The group could be intended to form a bulwark against China’s plans to be the world leader in AI by 2030 – something that terrifies the US.