'Treaty agreement will be key aim of UK's AI safety summit'

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'Treaty agreement will be key aim of UK's AI safety summit'

An 'agreement across nations' on the safe use of artificial intelligence will be a key aim of the UK's AI safety summit, the Technology Secretary has said.

Michelle Donelan said she hoped the summit in November will end with a treaty on the safe expansion of AI tech going forward.

The Technology Secretary, speaking at Bletchley Park, the venue for the summit, said the government hoped to see attendees agree an understanding around a'smoke alarm' for AI risks as part of an AI treaty.

The summit is a crucial part of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's ambition to establish a crucial role for Britain in harnessing and regulating the technology.

It comes as the government announced the key area of focus for the summit will be so-called 'frontier AI' - the latest, advanced advancements in the technology, including large language models such as programs like ChatGPT.

The summit will also consider the misuse risks surrounding AI and loss of control risks.

In a statement, Ms Donelan said that there were 'incredible opportunities' around AI, but 'we can only really seize those opportunities if we're gripping the risks'.

Last week, Secretary of State James Cleverly said China would be invited to the conference, despite ongoing tensions with Beijing.

A series of security rows have strained relations with China, including the arrest of a parliamentary researcher under the official Secrets Act.

The Government can not keep the UK public safe from the risks of AI if weexclude one of the leading nations in AI tech, Mr Cleverly said.

Ms Donelan will not be drawn on whether China had yet accepted the invitation of the UK Government and said the Government would not provide a 'running commentary' on who was or wasn't coming to the summit.