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  • Voltaire Staff

UN adopts resolution on safe, secure AI

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously passed a global resolution on artificial intelligence that calls for "safe, secure, and trustworthy" AI systems.

The new nonbinding resolution, proposed by the United States, was backed by more than 120 other member states

The resolution urges nations to prioritise the protection of human rights, safeguard personal data, and institute vigilant monitoring mechanisms to mitigate potential risks associated with AI technology.

"The Assembly called on all Member States and stakeholders “to refrain from or cease the use of artificial intelligence systems that are impossible to operate in compliance with international human rights law or that pose undue risks to the enjoyment of human rights," the UNGA wrote.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, "Today, all 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly have spoken in one voice, and together, chosen to govern artificial intelligence rather than let it govern us."

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan revealed that the resolution underwent almost four months of negotiation, resulting in a foundational set of principles to steer the future of AI development and utilization, reported Reuters.

In response to inquiries about potential resistance from Russia or China during negotiations, senior administration officials stated that while there were numerous intense discussions, the administration maintained active engagement with countries holding divergent viewpoints.

Chinese and Russian officials are actively exploring AI applications in a field which is already moving ahead at a breakneck speed.

Microsoft recently revealed that hackers from both countries utilised OpenAI software for espionage. China rejected the allegations, while Russia remained silent.

In November, the US, Britain, and several other nations introduced the first comprehensive international agreement focused on ensuring AI safety and advocating for "secure by design" systems.

EU lawmakers recently reached a provisional agreement to regulate AI.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has been pushing for AI legislation, but progress has been slow due to the polarization of the US Congress.

The resolution marks another step in global efforts to influence the development of AI technology, though many previous initiatives lack enforcement measures. Concerns persist that AI could disrupt democratic processes, increase fraud, or lead to substantial job losses.

The resolution adopted is available here.






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