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Disaster Threatens Human Future, US-China Asked to Take Responsibility

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Technology giants are competing to develop artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Even though the benefits are great, the risks also have an impact on human destiny in the future.

Some of the negative impacts that are often touted are the potential for AI to take away human jobs, the increasingly massive spread of disinformation, and the environmental impact.

The United States (US) and China are the two countries that are most rapidly trying to dominate AI. In fact, the competition between the two is decorated with restrictions on each other’s technology exports.

Nevertheless, the two countries were asked to sit together and take responsibility for ensuring the development of AI that is safe for humanity

A total of 16 companies at the forefront of AI development held a global meeting to discuss this matter.

Companies committed to ensuring AI security include Google, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI, Tencent, Meituan, and Xiaomi.

They were also supported by declarations from countries that are members of the G7, namely Singapore, Australia, South Korea and the European Union, in a virtual meeting held by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.

The South Korean President’s Office said all parties agreed to prioritize AI safety, innovation and inclusivity.

“We all must ensure AI security to protect prosperity and democracy in society,” said Yoon, while touching on the increasingly widespread risk of deepfakes, quoted by Reuters, Wednesday (22/5/2024).

Meeting participants noted the importance of alignment in frameworks between countries, cooperation plans between security institutions, as well as coordination between international institutions in highlighting various future risks.

“It’s important to have an international agreement on what can’t be done in AI development,” said Beth Barnes, founder of METR, a group that promotes AI safety.

Scientist Yoshua Bengio, nicknamed the ‘Godfather of AI’, welcomes international commitment to this issue. However, he said this voluntary commitment must be accompanied by binding regulations.