UN adopts first global artificial intelligence resolution

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday unanimously adopted the first global resolution on artificial intelligence that encourages countries to protect human rights, protect personal data and monitor AI for risks.

The non-binding resolution proposed by the United States and co-sponsored by China and more than 120 other countries also advocates strengthening privacy policies.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the United Nations, said, “Today, all 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly, with one voice and together, have decided to rule artificial intelligence rather than letting it rule us.”

The resolution is the latest in a series of initiatives by governments around the world to shape the development of AI – some of which have substance – amid fears that it could be used to disrupt democratic processes, turbocharge fraud or lead to other harms. Beach can lead to dramatic job losses. ,

The measure states, “The inappropriate or malicious design, development, deployment, and use of artificial intelligence systems…creates risks that…could undermine the protection, promotion, and enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.” In November, the US, UK and more than a dozen other countries Unveiled The first detailed international agreement on how to keep artificial intelligence safe from rogue actors is pushing companies to build AI systems that are “secure by design.”

Europe is ahead of the United States with EU lawmakers Adoption of a provisional agreement To oversee the technology this month. The Biden administration has been pressing lawmakers for AI regulation, but a polarized US Congress has made little progress.

Meanwhile, the White House sought to reduce Strengthening national security with a new executive order in October on the risks AI poses to consumers, workers, and minorities.

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the solution took about four months to negotiate, but it gave the world “a foundational set of principles to guide the next steps in the development and use of AI.”

Asked Wednesday whether negotiators faced resistance from Russia or China, senior administration officials said there were “pretty heated talks” but that the administration actively engaged with countries with which it had separate issues. There are thoughts.

Like governments around the world, Chinese and Russian officials are also eagerly exploring the use of AI tools for various purposes. Last month, Microsoft said this Hackers from both the countries were caught using Microsoft-backed OpenAI software to hone their spying skills.

In response to Microsoft’s report, China said it opposed the baseless allegations, while Russia did not respond to a request for comment.