Rishi Sunak has a hard time getting world leaders to attend his Ai party
Progress on a shared AI strategy notwithstanding, the event’s prominence is diminished by the absence of major state leaders.
With just a few weeks to prepare, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is under pressure to host an artificial intelligence conference at Bletchley Park on November 1 and 2. However, only two weeks before the gathering, Sunak noticed a conspicuous lack of important global leaders despite his intentions of convening the presidents of the most prominent countries to discuss the possible threats of artificial intelligence.
Sunak has been working hard to put the United Kingdom at the forefront of artificial intelligence research and governance, but the summit’s guest list is surprisingly devoid of heads of state. Not everyone is on board with this, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and maybe French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Due to their absence, the summit risks failing to lay the groundwork for a unified international strategy for artificial intelligence.
The draft declaration has made progress in clarifying the potential for “catastrophic harm” caused by artificial intelligence, but concerns remain about the fairly limited inclusion of G7 leaders in this crucial topic. Reassuringly highlighting the traditional nature of different participation dynamics inherent in the arena of international summits, the British government has said that all invited governments would send prominent senior officials.