G7 Officials Will Get Together to Discuss AI Regulation Next Week

Officials from G7 group of the world’s most developed economies will meet next week to discuss risks posed by generative artificial intelligence (AI) applications such as ChatGPT. The group, which includes the United States, the European Union and Japan, agreed last week to create an intergovernmental forum called the “Hiroshima AI process” to discuss issues around the fast-growing AI tools. First such meeting will be held on May 30 and officials will considers issues such as intellectual property protection, disinformation and how the technology should be governed, Japan’s communications minister Matsumoto said.

The meeting comes as tech regulators worldwide gauge the impact of popular AI services like ChatGPT by Microsoft-backed OpenAI.

The EU is nearing the world’s first major legislation targeting AI, providing an example for other governments to consider what rules should be applied to AI tools.

Japan, as this year’s chair of G7, “will lead the G7 discussion on responsive use of the generative AI technology”, Matsumoto said, adding the forum hoped to come up with suggestions for heads of state by year-end.

At last week’s Hiroshima G7 summit, leaders also called for developing and adopting international technical standards to keep AI “trustworthy” and “in line with shared democratic values”.

The G7 AI working group will seek input from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Matsumoto told a regular press conference.

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