United Nations Establishes Advisory Panel to Monitor Advancements in AI

The United Nations has established a 39-member advisory panel aimed at addressing global challenges in the realm of artificial intelligence governance.

Announced by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the panel features a diverse membership, including leaders from technology companies, government representatives from various countries like Spain and Saudi Arabia, and academics from nations such as the United States, Russia, and Japan.

Notable figures from the tech industry, including Sony’s Chief Technology Officer Hiroaki Kitano, OpenAI’s Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati, and Microsoft’s Chief Responsible AI Officer Natasha Crampton, are part of this influential assembly.

Guterres emphasized the incredible potential for AI’s positive impact while acknowledging the risks of its malicious use, which could erode trust in institutions, weaken societal cohesion, and risk democracy.

With the proliferation of AI technologies like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, there has been a global surge of interest and concern regarding the societal implications of AI, with governments worldwide working on AI-related legislation. Consequently, there is a growing call for international collaboration among researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

The United Nations advisory panel plans to release preliminary recommendations by the end of this year, with the final set of guidelines anticipated by the summer of 2024. This initiative underscores the international community’s recognition of the urgent need to address AI governance in a coordinated and responsible manner.