UK Deputy Prime Minister raises concerns about the potential risks of AI in address to the UN

Uk Deputy Prime Minister Raises Concerns About The Potential Risks Of Ai In Address To The Un

Sunday September 24, 2023

Oliver Dowden, the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, delivered a speech at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 22, 2023. During his address, Dowden raised concerns about the dangers associated with the use of artificial intelligence.

Beginning his speech, Dowden strongly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, describing it as a blatant assault on the principles and goals of the United Nations. He reiterated the UK’s support for Ukraine in this regard.

After affirming the UK’s commitment to addressing climate change, achieving Sustainable Development Goals in the post-COVID era, and dealing with global migration and displacement, Dowden emphasized the transformative potential of AI. He stated, “AI will revolutionize every aspect of our lives – education, business, healthcare, defense, and even the way we govern and interact with other nations. It will fundamentally change the United Nations as well.”

Dowden stressed the urgency for governments to understand and regulate AI as it pushes the boundaries of what is possible. He acknowledged that the limits of AI are currently unknown and highlighted the need to act swiftly in order to govern this rapidly advancing technology.

While acknowledging the numerous benefits of AI across various sectors, Dowden also acknowledged its potential for misuse. He cited examples such as teenage hackers stealing personal banking information, terrorists targeting government systems, cybercriminals using deepfakes and bots to deceive voters, and even oppressive regimes suppressing their populations.

Dowden called for international cooperation to establish a shared understanding of the risks associated with AI. He warned that companies and governments would continuously push the limits of AI, making it crucial to address these risks collectively.

The Deputy Prime Minister announced that the UK would host the Global AI Summit in November to specifically address the potential risks posed by artificial intelligence.