UK and US announce partnership on AI safety testing

The UK and the US have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see the two countries work together to develop tests for the most advanced AI models.

The partnership, which follows commitments made at the AI Safety Summit last November, will involve the US and the UK sharing research, safety evaluations and guidance for AI safety.

The UK government said the partnership will see both countries work to align their scientific approaches and “accelerate and rapidly iterate robust suites of evaluations for AI models, systems and agents”.

The US and UK AI Safey Institutes have laid out plans to build a common approach to AI safety testing and to share their capabilities to ensure these risks can be tackled effectively. Additionally, they intend to perform at least one joint testing exercise on a publicly accessible model.

UK secretary of state for science, innovation, and technology, Michelle Donelan said that the agreement represents a landmark moment to address the “defining technology challenge of a generation”.

“We have always been clear that ensuring the safe development of AI is a shared global issue,” she said. “The work of our two nations in driving forward AI safety will strengthen the foundations we laid at Bletchley Park in November, and I have no doubt that our shared expertise will continue to pave the way for countries tapping into AI’s enormous benefits safely and responsibly.”

In February, the UK government announced that it would invest £100 million in AI research and regulation. The investment will spent on a number of projects, including the creation of hubs in healthcare and chemical discovery.

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