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US and China Set to Discuss AI Risks as Nuclear War Concerns Mount

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The U.S. and China to discuss AI risks and their effects in a planned meeting. U.S. and China are meeting in Geneva to discuss artificial intelligence on Tuesday.

U.S. and China to discuss AI risks
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The U.S. officials emphasized that Washington’s guidelines would not be up for negotiation as the discussion will explore ways to mitigate risks from the emerging technology. 

U.S. President’s administration has strived to engage China on a range of issues. This approach was taken to reduce miscommunication between the two countries. 

U.S. and China to discuss AI risks: Both Countries’ Representatives To Understand AI Risks

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi broached the topic of AI in April in Beijing. They both agreed to hold their first formal bilateral talks on the subject. The U.S. will be represented by officials from the White House National Security Council. Additionally, the Departments of State and Commerce will also be present at the discussion.

U.S. delegation will lead the talks with representatives from China’s foreign ministry and state planner, the National Development and Reform Commission.

A U.S. official said last week that the State Department wants China and Russia to make a commitment that AI will not make decisions about nuclear employment.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration plans to safeguard U.S. AI models like ChatGPT, curbing countries like China and Russia from gaining access to the software.

U.S. and China to discuss AI risks Against Deploying Nuclear Weapons

According to Reuters, the U.S. State Department has nudged China and Russia to match U.S. declarations. Besides, the declaration emphasizes that only humans, and never AI, would make decisions on deploying nuclear weapons.

U.S. officials asserted that the Geneva meeting will not provide China access to influence technology policy. Representatives from both countries will only discuss ways to reduce the dangers associated with AI.

A senior administration official stated: “This is the first meeting of its kind. Hence, we expect to have a discussion of the full range of risks, but wouldn’t prejudge any specifics at this point,” 

Conclusion 

U.S. and China to discuss AI risks will make the world a safe place as both countries are leveraging and advancing AI technology use. 

The official said: “We certainly don’t see eye to eye…on many AI topics and applications. However, we believe that communication on critical AI risks can make the world safer. Beijing and Washington are in a tight race to dominate the AI landscape. China is leveraging AI “capabilities across civilian as well as military/national security sectors. This could compromise “both U.S. and allied national security.”

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Abdullahi Kafayat
Abdullahi Kafayat

Abdullahi Kafayat is an enthusiastic writer interested in the tech world. She's a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and has a BSc in Chemistry. You can reach her at Kafayatabdullahi17@gmail.com.

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