AI firms share models with UK authorities

During London Tech Week, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that Google DeepMind, OpenAI, and Anthropic have agreed to provide access to their AI models to the U.K. government for research and safety purposes. Sunak highlighted the transformative potential of AI in sectors such as education and healthcare. He also emphasized the importance of semiconductors, synthetic biology, and quantum as key areas of focus for the U.K.

Anthropic and OpenAI have recently established their European headquarters in the U.K., and Palantir announced its plans to set up an AI research hub in the country last week. These developments reflect the growing interest in AI within the U.K. tech industry.

Earlier this year, the U.K. government committed £900 million ($1.1 billion) to the development of a cutting-edge supercomputer. This investment aims to create the nation’s own GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) AI model and establish an AI research body as part of a broader artificial intelligence strategy.

While specific details about AI regulation in the U.K. remain unclear, Sunak expressed the country’s ambition to not only be the intellectual home but also the geographical home of global AI safety regulation. This statement underscores the U.K.’s commitment to shaping responsible and safe AI practices on a global scale.

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