UN leader António Guterres has started a group focused on AI, aiming to use it for good things like health, education, and making the world better. He believes AI can help a lot, especially in meeting the UN’s 17 goals for a better world by 2030.
But, he’s worried because only a few companies and countries know a lot about AI. This might lead to more unfairness in the world, spreading wrong information, invading privacy, and breaking human rights.
Guterres says that if AI is used badly, people might lose trust in important institutions, and it could harm society and democracy. That’s why he wants a big discussion involving many people and areas to control AI and reduce these dangers.
Before the end of the year, this new AI group will suggest ideas on how to manage AI globally, understand the risks, and use AI to achieve the UN’s development goals.
These suggestions will help prepare for a big UN meeting in 2024, focusing on creating a set of rules for a safe and open digital world for everyone. The AI group has 39 people from different countries and areas, like businesses, universities, governments, and groups working for society.
Other worldwide efforts to use AI responsibly include the G7’s AI rules and an upcoming AI safety meeting in London.