The Prime Minister of the UK, Rishi Sunak, has stated that he does not want to rush to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) as the country prepares to host a global AI summit next week.
AI and crypto are the latest challenges for regulators worldwide. As the technology is relatively new, lawmakers must figure out the most effective way to regulate them.
Humanity Could Lose Control of AI, Says UK PM Rishi Sunak
Sunak spoke at the Royal Society in London, highlighting the need to not rush about the AI regulations. According to the Financial Times, he is concerned about writing the laws for AI without fully understanding the technology.
“The fast-evolving technology could make it easier to build chemical and biological weapons, perpetrate cyber attacks, spread disinformation, and commit child sexual abuse. In the most extreme cases, humanity could lose control of AI completely.”
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Meanwhile, Sunak issued a gentle caution about hastily implementing AI regulation, yet he simultaneously reassured the populace, promising that the nation’s measures would prioritize their safety. On the brighter side, a survey revealed that half of the participants in the UK are using generative AI to enhance their work-life balance.
The UK will host a global AI summit next week at Bletchley Park. The US Vice-President Kamala Harris is one of the confirmed speakers at the event.
UK Crypto Bill Passed by Parliament
While the UK is working on AI regulation, it has also been making progress with the crypto regulations.
The UK parliamentary bills website shows that the “Royal Assent” of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 is scheduled for Thursday. In the UK, after Parliament passes the bill, it needs approval from the monarch.
Amid various provisions in the bill, one of the provisions allows the authorities to seize illicit crypto assets without conviction. This is one of the steps taken by the UK government to tackle crypto crimes. Earlier this year, BeInCrypto reported that the UK National Crime Agency launched a specialized crypto cell to deal with crypto crimes.
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