G7 leaders seek to regulate Artificial Intelligence: the biggest fear is data manipulation and misinformation

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Hiroshima, Japan, May 20, 2023. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool (JONATHAN ERNST/)

The leaders of the G7 decided this Saturday, at a summit in Hiroshima (Japan), the formation of a future “working group” to address the “responsible use” of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the risks it poses, including misinformation.

“We instruct relevant ministers to establish the Hiroshima Process on AI, through a working group created in cooperation with international organizations, with a view to discussing generative AI by the end of the year.”, according to the statement of the G7, whose meeting will conclude on Sunday.

Like ChatGPT, the best-known currently, generative AI programs (capable of producing text, images, sound, video…) are in full expansion in the world, while arousing deep concern in many sectors.

The G7 working group discussions on the matter may also discuss the “governance, protection of intellectual property rights” and the “responsible use” of these new technologies, but also on the means of countering “information manipulation” and “disinformation” through these tools.

“We commit to advancing multiple approaches to AI standard-setting, while respecting binding legal frameworks,” he added.

“We recognize the importance of procedures that promote transparency, openness, fair processes, impartiality, respect for privacy and inclusion to promote responsible AI”, insisted the G7, which brings together the largest industrialized democracies (United States United States, Japan, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Canada).

Academics and world personalities have warned of the dangers posed by this new technology.

Yuval Noah Harari
Israelite historian, Yuval Noah Harari, the strongest voice against AI (The Grosby Group)

Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli historian and author of “Sapiens”, is one of the most alarmed and active intellectuals in his denunciation. So worried is he that last month joined a letter signed by thousands of experts, among them Elon Musk, in which a moratorium on research was requested in programs such as Chat GPTan AI model capable of interacting with humans in creative texts with almost disturbing nuances.

This is a particularly serious threat to democraciesmore than for authoritarian regimes, because democracies depend on public conversation,” Harari said in an interview published in the British media. The Telegraph. “Democracy is basically conversation. People talking to each other. If AI takes over the conversation, democracy is over,” he stated.

And he warned about the effect that technology could have if it were maliciously unleashed on the battlefield by totalitarian regimes. “The Nazi regime was based on technologies like trains, electricity and radios. They didn’t have tools like artificial intelligence. A new regime in the 21st century will have much more powerful tools. So the consequences could be much more disastrous. It’s something I don’t know if humanity can survive.”

The CEO and co-founder of Open AI, developer of the ChatGPT text generation program, Sam Altman, on Tuesday called on the United States Congress to regulate the development and uses of artificial intelligence (AI).

In an appearance before a Senate subcommittee, Altman listed the beneficial applications of technology, from medicine to combating the climate crisis, and was confident that AI could be used for the benefit of humanity. But he qualified that the intervention of the world’s governments is necessary to ensure that these tools are developed in a way that protects and respects the rights and freedoms of citizens.

“We believe that the benefits of the tools we have developed so far far outweigh the risks,” the businessman defended during the hearing.

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