Preparing for AI
Your weekly CogX newsletter on AI Safety and Ethics
The UK announced its five ambitions for the AI Safety Summit, including a shared agreement on the risks of frontier models. But some experts are worried about the influence of Big Tech on the gathering - does the Summit need to be more inclusive?
Is Big Tech taking over the AI Summit?
Issue 102 • Published August 8, 2023
Google DeepMind has developed SynthID, a new AI image watermark that could reduce misinformation on social media. Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee has urged the UK government to introduce urgent AI legislation to tackle twelve key risks. With AI progress developing at pace, can the government keep up?
Could AI become conscious?
Issue 101 • Published September 1, 2023
OpenAI, Google, Microsoft and Anthropic came together to create an industry body to oversee frontier model development. It will fund cutting-edge research on AI safety and assess risks posed by new models.
White House AI Summit, Deepfake detectors, Superforecasting AI risk
Issue 96 • Published July 26, 2023
Leading executives urged the EU to rethink the AI Act. Corporates worry the legislation will inhibit AI development and make it harder for European companies to compete overseas. Is the AI act too stringent? What’s the right balance between safety and growth?
Is the EU making a mistake?
Issue 93 • Published July 5, 2023
Google DeepMind’s using techniques from AlphaGo to build Gemini, an AI model capable of problem solving, eclipsing ChatGPT. CEO Demis Hassabis cautioned that Gemini's progress means we need urgent safeguards...
Despite Sam Altman’s global tour calling for increased regulation, OpenAI lobbied the EU commission to water down the AI Act
Issue 92 • Published June 28, 2023
Margrethe Vestager, Aidan Gomez and others called for focus on pressing risks like misinformation, rather than human extinction. Ultimately, we need to tackle both - but with the media focused...
Leading tech entrepreneur, Ian Hogarth, was appointed Chair of the Prime Minister’s AI Taskforce
Issue 91 • Published June 21, 2023
AI Labs also agreed to share their models with the UK Government for safety research. But a new TBI report questions the UK’s AI strategy - it calls for a new national AI lab, Sentinel, and the abolishment of the Alan Turing Institute...