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Speaking at the inaugural GovTech Summit in Paris, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the potential risks of artificial intelligence (AI) working against humanity, suggesting that ‘frameworks’ should be considered to stop this from happening.
Trudeau’s remarks echo growing fears that that AI may not choose to help humans but instead work to protect itself or planet Earth. With technology developing at such a speed that creating true AI that can think entirely independently of humans is becoming a stronger and sooner possibility, Trudeau encouraged delegates at the Summit to ask how can we make sure our technologies are more beneficial to humanity than detrimental?
Also speaking at the GovTech Summit, Mariya Gabriel admitted many were worried about AI and privacy issues. The European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society warned that ‘AI doesn’t know any borders’ and stressed that more needs to be done about privacy protection.
The GovTech Summit is supported by the President of France Emmanuel Macron, the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, and the European Commission. The one-day summit hosted a series of panels focusing on topics from AI in government to the future of healthcare. Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health of Social Care, was in attendance, championing the UK’s genomics, life sciences and AI programmes.
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