The G7 digital ministers have taken a significant step towards regulating the development and use of artificial intelligence technologies. The ministers agreed in a joint declaration made during a meeting in Takasaki, Japan, that “risk-based” regulation of AI should be implemented to ensure its ethical usage.
The G7 ministers recognized the need to assess short-term challenges and continue to promote safety and trust in AI technologies. Generative AI technologies, like ChatGPT, are spreading across countries and industries, and the G7 intends to foster security and trust while promoting responsible innovation.
To achieve this, the G7 approved an action plan that triggers discussion on topics such as risk assessment and advocates for increased stakeholder engagement in building global standards for AI governance frameworks. The plan also acknowledges the need to promote “Data Free Flow with Trust” (DFFT), an idea advocated by Japan. The aim is to maximize the growth potential of the global economy without jeopardizing the privacy and security of people and businesses.
By adopting this idea, the Japanese government hopes to provide a roadmap for future efforts, such as developing a base registry that companies can use as a source of information on data protection laws in other countries. The G7 agreed on a clear action plan that includes upgrading digital infrastructure, encouraging responsible AI innovation, and the free flow of trusted data.
The G7 also expressed its commitment to defending democratic institutions and principles from external threats amid continuing concerns over digital absolutism in countries like China. It hopes to work together to combat fake news and other misinformation, network restrictions, and human rights abuses with the help of digital tools.
China’s internet governing body, the China Cyberspace Administration (CAC), suggested regulations to control AI products like OpenAI’s ChatGPT. This move by the G7 is significant as it shows a commitment to regulating AI technologies while promoting their responsible use and the free flow of trusted data across borders.
Recently, Yokosuka City in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, is the first to implement the ChatGPT AI chatbot for administrative purposes. As AI technologies continue to evolve and spread, it is essential to balance their potential benefits with potential risks to ensure a positive impact on society.