February 25, 2024

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The Bletchley Declaration: Shaping the Future of AI Together

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the world, offering unparalleled opportunities to enhance human well-being, peace and prosperity. It holds the potential promises to revolutionise housing, employment, education, health, and more, while also addressing food security, clean energy, biodiversity, and climate change in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

However, these remarkable advancements come with a host of challenges and concerns that require a concerted effort from the global community. Recognising this, governments from around the world have jointly issued a statement – the Bletchley Declaration – addressing the safety of artificial intelligence (AI).

The statement acknowledges AI’s potential and risks, particularly with this powerful but poorly understood frontier. It commits to inclusive international cooperation to address AI safety concerns, proposing measures like ethical standards, transparency, safety testing, and public education. Additionally, it supports an international research network focused on frontier AI safety, contributing to policymaking and broader international AI discussions.

The Bletchley Declaration underscores the imperative of developing safe, human-centric, and responsible AI to protect human rights and promote widespread benefits and rests on five fundamental points:

Emphasising the Need for Safe and Responsible AI: The statement underscores the importance of developing AI that is safe, human-centric, trustworthy, and responsible, with a focus on safeguarding human rights and ensuring broad benefits.

Acknowledging Opportunities and Risks: The statement acknowledges the vast potential and associated risks of AI, particularly in the case of frontier AI, which possesses potent and potentially hazardous capabilities that remain poorly understood and unpredictable.

Committing to Inclusive Cooperation: The statement commits to collaborative efforts among nations and stakeholders, advocating for inclusive cooperation to address AI safety risks. This collaboration will occur through existing international platforms and other relevant initiatives.

Proposing Measures for AI Safety: The statement suggests various measures to ensure AI safety, including the establishment of ethical standards, transparency, and accountability, rigorous safety testing and evaluation procedures, as well as raising public awareness and promoting education on AI-related matters.

Supporting International Research: The statement endorses the creation of an internationally inclusive network of scientific research focused on frontier AI safety. This research will provide valuable insights for policymaking and the public good, while also contributing to broader international dialogues surrounding AI.

While AI holds immense promise in transforming various aspects of life, for the greater good, AI must be designed, developed, deployed, and used in a manner that prioritises safety and a human-centric approach.

International cooperation is essential to address the global risks associated with AI. Nations should collaborate inclusively to develop trustworthy and safe AI. This requires adopting pro-innovation regulatory approaches and common principles and codes of conduct to balance AI’s benefits with risk mitigation.

The responsibility for AI safety extends to all stakeholders, including nations, international organisations, companies, civil society, and academia. Inclusivity and bridging the digital divide are essential to ensuring that AI benefits everyone, including developing countries. Commitment to this mission must remain steadfast as only by working together, can the world ensure that AI continues to benefit humanity while mitigating potential risks.

OpenGov Asia reported that India has agreed to the Bletchley Declaration, which acknowledges the significance of aligning global artificial intelligence systems with human intentions and advocates for a more thorough exploration of AI’s capabilities. According to India’s Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India, as the chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), has assumed a leading role in the field of AI, “We have maintained that AI should be guided by principles of safety and trust for users, and accountability for platforms.”

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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