Conservative Party conference: Does AI offer a new global role for Britain?

Hosted by the UK in the World at Chatham House, in collaboration with techUK and Microsoft.

Research event, Panel
3 October 2023 — 11:00AM TO 12:00PM
Central Convention Complex, Manchester

2023 has seen huge leaps in the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI), particularly Large Language Models (LLMs) such as OpenAI’s Chat-GPT. Many countries have struggled to keep pace with the rate of developments in AI and the need for regulation against risks posed by it.

Rishi Sunak has called on the UK to be a key player on AI regulation and is hosting the first ‘global summit’ on AI later this year. While the UK trails the US and China in terms of computational capacity and capital investment, it has a substantial and growing AI industry and is home to some of the world’s most advanced AI labs.

AI will also be an important topic in international diplomacy and global governance, where the US and China are already dominating AI competition. The UK and the EU will have a role to play in contributing to global AI governance.

Britain is seeking global leadership and influence in the world, but currently its economy is lagging behind many of its peers. AI could potentially provide a lifeline, but the technology also presents risks. Can the UK play a role in the global governance of AI, and take advantage of the opportunities it offers?

This expert panel will discuss:

  • What key issues are facing the UK’s technology sector?

  • What are the opportunities and challenges that new technologies bring with them?

  • Can the UK can play a meaningful role in the global governance of AI, and take advantage of the opportunities it offers?”

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