AI Safety Summit 2023: India's Urgent Call for AI Ethics Consensus

India's MoS for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, called for a global consensus on AI ethics at the AI Safety Summit 2023. He highlighted principles of safety and trust and extended invitations to nations for the GPAI and India AI summits.

Sonu Vivek
03 Nov 2023

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Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and IT in India, has called for a consensus on the do's and don'ts of AI to ensure that nations are not left playing catch-up in this rapidly evolving landscape at the AI Safety Summit 2023, held at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom. 

The Minister also extended invitations to all nations for the forthcoming GPAI and India AI summits, slated to take place in December 2023. This comes in the context of the Minister's active involvement in two pivotal sessions named "Ministerial Round Table: Crafting Strategies and Future Collaborative Initiatives."

During these sessions, he underscored the significance of "Fostering a Common Awareness of the Challenges in Frontier AI and Forging Collaborative Paths Forward." Additionally, the Minister also emphasized the "Exploration of Global Opportunities in AI," highlighting the immense potential of AI and technology in improving public services.

What is AI Safety Summit 2023?

The AI Safety Summit 2023 is a global event dedicated to discussing the risks and ethical usage of Artificial Intelligence. It brings together international governments, AI companies, civil society groups, and renowned experts in AI research.

Highlights from the AI Safety Summit 2023

The AI Safety Summit 2023 summit aims to bring together international governments, leading AI companies, civil society groups, and renowned experts in AI research to deliberate on the risks and responsible usage of AI.

  • 28 countries have unanimously signed the Bletchley Declaration, marking a groundbreaking commitment to enhanced transparency and scientific cooperation among AI developers, aiming to manage the risks of AI and align with human intent in daily life. 

  • Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX CEO voiced concerns about advanced AI's potential threat to humanity at a summit, highlighting the unprecedented challenge of something surpassing human intelligence.
  • DeepMind Co-Founder suggested a potential AI development pause in coming years, citing caution at the AI Summit. Mustafa Suleyman also emphasized that current advanced AI models like GPT-4 pose no significant harm.

India's Leadership in AI Ethics

Chandrasekhar, in his role as the chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), highlighted India's commitment to steering the global AI community towards ethical AI practices.

"We have maintained that AI should be guided by principles of safety and trust for users, and accountability for platforms. The vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is clear — we must use AI to transform people’s lives and ensure safety, trust, and accountability to mitigate user harm. There is a growing consensus among all like-minded countries who share the principle of using AI for the greater good, progress, and prosperity of citizens worldwide," he asserted during the summit.

India is scheduled to host the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI Summit) in December and Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and IT in India welcomed all the nations to attend the event. 

What is the GPAI Summit 2023?  

The Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) is an international and multi-stakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of AI, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation, and economic growth.

As the council chair of GPAI, India will host the Annual GPAI Summit on 12th-14th December 2023 in India. The Summit will see participation from AI Experts, multilateral organizations, and other relevant stakeholders from over 27 GPAI member countries and the European Union.

Guiding AI with Principles of Safety and Trust

At the AI Safety Summit 2023, Chandrasekhar reinforced the importance of guiding Artificial Intelligence with principles that prioritize safety, user trust, and platform accountability. He made it clear that these principles are the cornerstone of responsible AI development and usage.

The minister, representing India, engaged in a dialogue with many leaders. He engaged with his Dutch counterpart, Alexandra van Huffelen, State Secretary for Kingdom Relations and Digitalization of the Netherlands. Their discussion revolved around strategies to keep pace with the swiftly innovating global landscape. The minister engaged in bilateral meetings with counterparts from the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, and Ireland.

The call for a consensus on AI ethics among democratic nations is a critical step in ensuring that AI continues to advance our world without compromising on safety and accountability. The AI Safety Summit 2023 and the leadership of individuals like Rajeev Chandrasekhar signify a commitment to responsible AI development and usage.