Reuters published a report that the Group of Seven countries will announce a Code of Conduct for the use of artificial intelligence in the coming weeks.
The G7 includes the US, the European Union, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Britain all of whom have agreed to participate in defining the safe use of AI.
The code of conduct is voluntary but with the collective weight of the G7 governments pushing it, the group hopes that it will serve as an expected framework with which to judge the proper use of AI tools.
The expected announcement follows a meeting in May 2023 in Japan which resulted in a September findings paper called the G7 Hiroshima Process on Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The paper outlines the rapid rise of interest in AI globally and points out both the benefits and drawbacks of its use.
It outlines the results of polls of the G7 participants and ranks the largest concerns expressed by the group.
All seven members of the G7 listed disinformation/manipulation as a key concern, followed by IP infringement and privacy concerns.
The countries also ranked “responsible use of the technology” as a top priority, with addressing disinformation coming as a second priority.
The Code of Conduct that is expected in the near term will solidify the findings from the Hiroshima forum into a guide for purveyors of AI and could form the basis of eventual legislation in each of the countries.
The Reuters article reporting the G7 memo comes only a few days prior to an AI summit in the UK that will be attended by British PM Rishi Sunak and US Vice President Kamala Harris where security and safe use of AI will be at the top of the agenda.