Japanese PM says international AI regulations will be here by Christmas

G7 to meet after getting ideas from UN’s Internet Governance Forum

Leaders of the G7 are expected to establish international AI regulations by the end of the year, Japanese prime minister Fumia Kishida said on Monday.

The G7 nations have joined in a coordinated approach known as the Hiroshima AI Process that will soon see member nations' leaders meet by video conference to formulate the guidelines.

"In particular, as a matter of urgency, we are working on international guiding principles and a code of conduct for organized nations developing advanced AI systems including generative AI in preparation for the G7 summit held this fall," explained [VIDEO] Kishida at the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in Kyoto.

The seven member nations – the United States, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy – agreed to discuss governance, IP rights, disinformation and responsible use in the initiative in May of this year.

Kishida also detailed that the Hiroshima AI Process would take advantage of the multi-sector discussion on AI being held by government, acadmemia, civil society and the private sector at IGF to create the framework.

"By being informed by the opinions of diverse stakeholders beyond the G7 who are participating today, we will drive the creation of international rules that will enable the international community, including the Global South, to enjoy the benefits of safe, secure, and trustworthy generative AI and achieve further economic growth and improvement of living conditions," declared Kishida.

The prime minister compared the advent of generative AI to that of the internet and said it would bring about "dramatic changes in the world."

Kishida also described [VIDEO] the internet as a critical foundation for democratic societies and essential to the development, health, and security of mankind, but warned it had given rise to "the proliferation of unlawful and harmful information, including disinformation, cyber attacks and cyber crime which threaten our safety and free socioeconomic activities."

The prime minister called on a "wide range of stakeholders" to play a role in promoting the distribution of reliable information through AI. He encouraged the development of additional technology that could prove and confirm the origination and truthfulness of AI-produced information.

In late September, Kishida announced an economic stimulus package that included semiconductor subsidies and digital transformation in Japan. On Monday he said a package would also include support for building computational services and foundational models in order to further AI development. ®

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