United Nations to hold first ever meeting on AI regulation

The United Nations Security Council is set to convene its first-ever formal discussion on the subject of artificial intelligence (AI) this week in New York. With the British presidency of the Security Council in July, the nation is taking the opportunity to rally international support for addressing the potential risks posed by emerging AI technology. The discussion aims to initiate a global dialogue concerning the impact of AI on global peace and security.

Governments worldwide are grappling with the profound implications of AI, which has the potential to reshape economies, alter the international security landscape, and influence a broad range of sectors. Recognizing the urgent need for concerted efforts, Britain seeks to play a leading role in AI regulation and governance.

The meeting, to be chaired by British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly on Tuesday, signifies the increasing recognition of AI as a critical global concern. The discussion will facilitate an exchange of ideas and perspectives among Security Council members and other stakeholders, focusing on the risks associated with AI technologies.

The call for international cooperation on AI regulation has gained momentum in recent months. In June, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres supported a proposal put forth by leading figures in the AI industry. The proposal advocates for the establishment of an international AI watchdog body, drawing inspiration from the successful model of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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