G7 officials to hold first AI regulation meeting next week

TOKYO (Reuters) – Officials from the Group of Seven (G7) will meet next week to discuss problems raised by generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools like ChatGPT, Japan said on Friday.

Leaders of the G7, which includes the United States, the European Union and Japan, agreed last week to set up an intergovernmental forum dubbed the “Hiroshima AI Process” to discuss issues surrounding rapidly growing AI tools to discuss.

Government officials from the G7 countries will hold the first working-level AI meeting on May 30 and will address issues such as intellectual property protection, disinformation and how the technology should be regulated, said Japan’s Communications Minister Takeaki Matsumoto .

The meeting comes as tech regulators around the world assess the impact of popular AI services like Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

The EU is about to pass the world’s first major legislation on AI, inspiring other governments to think about what rules should be applied to AI tools.

As this year’s G7 chair, Japan will “lead the G7 discussion on the responsive deployment of generative AI technology,” Matsumoto said, adding that the forum hopes to come up with proposals for heads of state by the end of the year.

At the G7 summit in Hiroshima last week, leaders also called for the development and adoption of international technical standards to keep AI “trustworthy” and “in line with our shared democratic values.”

The G7 AI working group will seek input from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Matsumoto said at a regular news conference.

(Reporting by Kantaro Komiya)

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