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The UK and the Republic of Korea are gearing up for the AI Seoul Summit scheduled for May 21st and 22nd, marking the next phase in global discussions on the safe advancement

of Artificial Intelligence.

This summit will delve into crucial topics such as AI safety, exploring the potential capabilities of cutting-edge AI models while building upon the agreements reached at the previous AI Safety Summit held in the UK last November. These agreements included commitments from developers regarding AI safety.

The discussions will also extend to inclusivity, ensuring that the benefits and opportunities offered by AI are accessible to all. Additionally, the summit will focus on promoting innovation in AI technology, which has already demonstrated significant breakthroughs in various sectors such as healthcare, education, and climate change mitigation.

The first day of the summit will feature a virtual leaders' session co-chaired by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Republic of Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol. Global industry leaders will provide updates on their progress in fulfilling the commitments made at Bletchley Park regarding AI safety. The second day will witness an in-person meeting of Digital Ministers co-hosted by UK Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan and Korean Minister of Science and ICT Lee Jong-Ho.

Continuing the momentum from the Bletchley Park discussions, the AI Seoul Summit aims to bring together international governments, AI companies, academia, and civil society to advance the global AI safety agenda. This is particularly crucial as increasingly advanced AI models are expected to be introduced throughout 2024.

Michelle Donelan, UK Science, Innovation, and Technology Secretary, expressed optimism about building upon the progress made at Bletchley Park, emphasizing the importance of international collaboration in realizing the transformative potential of AI safely and responsibly.

Minister Lee Jong-Ho of the Ministry of Science and ICT of the Republic of Korea highlighted the significance of global norms and governance in harnessing AI innovations for the betterment of humanity, underscoring the importance of the AI Seoul Summit in promoting cooperation on AI safety, innovation, and inclusion.

The UK's commitment to AI innovation is exemplified by projects such as the Manchester Prize, which aims to address pressing challenges like climate change through technology. Additionally, the UK is driving international collaboration on AI safety through initiatives like the AI Safety Institute.

The AI Seoul Summit will coincide with the release of the International Scientific Report on Advanced AI Safety, a significant commitment arising from the Bletchley Park Summit. Led by Turing Prize winner Yoshua Bengio, this report gathers the best existing scientific research on AI safety from around the world, with contributions from leading AI nations including the UK and the Republic of Korea.

In conclusion, the UK remains dedicated to collaborating with international partners to ensure the safe and beneficial development of AI, thereby unlocking its transformative potential for global progress and prosperity. Photo by mikemacmarketing, Wikimedia commons.