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AI will not serve as a "mass destroyer of jobs," according to the reassurance given by the governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, in an interview with the BBC. Bailey emphasized that

despite the associated risks, there is significant potential in AI and expressed optimism about its integration into the workforce. Drawing on his background as an economic historian, Bailey highlighted the adaptability of economies and jobs, asserting that humans can learn to collaborate effectively with new technologies.

The Bank of England's latest economic assessment noted that businesses anticipate increased productivity benefits from AI investments. Approximately one-third of surveyed companies reported significant AI investments over the past year. Governor Bailey contended that a symbiotic relationship between people and machines yields superior results compared to machines operating in isolation.

These statements align with a House of Lords committee's perspective, chaired by Baroness Stowell, urging a focus on the positive aspects of AI rather than fixating on perceived risks. The committee's report warned against overlooking the potential rewards of the "AI goldrush" and argued that exaggerated concerns about AI's dangers could lead to missed opportunities.

The report specifically addressed large language models (LLMs), such as those powering generative AI tools like ChatGPT. While acknowledging the concerns raised by industry figures about the impact of LLMs, the committee cautioned against overregulation that could stifle innovation.

Baroness Stowell emphasized the need for the UK not to become overly cautious, urging a balance between safety measures and active participation in AI development. The committee also highlighted the issue of copyright, particularly in the context of LLMs relying on existing digital content. It called on the government to provide clarity on applicable rules and address potential copyright infringements.

The committee's stance aligns with its call for the UK to avoid excessive red tape in the AI sector to prevent a scenario where industry leaders are concentrated elsewhere, similar to other areas of technology.

In addressing copyright concerns, the committee drew attention to an ongoing legal dispute between Getty Images and Stability AI, emphasizing the importance of clear rules and accountability. It urged the government to take a definitive position on this matter.

The government's response emphasized the UK's leadership in AI research and development. It rejected the committee's concerns and asserted ongoing support for AI's potential to enhance various aspects of life. The government highlighted its investment in safety research through the AI Safety Institute and advocated a pro-innovation approach to AI regulation. The Secretary of State for Science, Innovation, and Technology, Michelle Donelan, is expected to provide further insights during her appearance before the Lords Communications and Digital Committee. Photo by mikemacmarketing, Wikimedia commons.