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A UN First: Resolution Vote on AI Safety A UN First: Resolution Vote on AI Safety
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved the first-ever resolution on AI. According to the Associated Press, the vote was spearheaded... A UN First: Resolution Vote on AI Safety

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved the first-ever resolution on AI. According to the Associated Press, the vote was spearheaded by the United States and co-sponsored by 123 countries, including major players like China.

The resolution marks an important moment in global efforts to harness AI technology responsibly. The resolution aims to foster an international framework that ensures AI’s benefits are universally accessible, respects human rights, and prioritizes safety and trustworthiness.

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It also garnered unanimous support from all 193 U.N. member nations. This move underscores a global acknowledgment of AI’s profound impact and the necessity for a collective approach to its development and use.

Highlighting the significance of this global agreement, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised the resolution as a monumental step in setting guiding principles for AI that emphasize public interest and safety.

Echoing the sentiment of embracing AI for the greater good, President Joe Biden previously indicated the United States’ commitment to collaborating internationally to leverage AI positively while mitigating potential risks. This latest development at the U.N. has involved months of diligent negotiations with over 120 countries.

 

While not legally binding in itself, the passage of the resolution clearly shows that members across the globe see the significant impact of AI. This was echoed by U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield who remarked on the resolution’s significance, emphasizing its role in fostering progress through a united global community’s effort to govern AI technology effectively.

Another aim of the resolution is to help bridge the digital divide, ensuring that all nations, irrespective of their economic status, can partake in AI’s advancements. It stresses the importance of inclusive dialogue and cooperation in developing governance frameworks that support safe and beneficial AI systems.

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Additionally, it acknowledges the ongoing global efforts to regulate AI, including the European Union’s recent enactment of comprehensive AI regulations and discussions within the G20 and other international bodies.

By encouraging a multidisciplinary approach involving governments, the tech industry, civil society, and academia, the resolution advocates for the development of regulatory frameworks that safeguard against misuse while promoting innovation.

It also highlights AI’s potential to contribute significantly towards achieving the U.N.’s 2030 development goals.

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