The future of AI: G7 leaders agree on international guiding principles and code of conduct

The EU has welcomed a decision by G7 leaders to agree on International Guiding Principles and a voluntary Code of Conduct for AI developers.

The G7’s International Guiding Principles comprise 11 critical guidelines for organisations involved in the development, deployment, and use of advanced AI systems. These principles encourage responsible information sharing, the reporting of AI-related incidents, and investments in cybersecurity. Also, a labelling system is introduced, allowing users to distinguish AI-generated content.

The EU’s call for responsible AI development

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, applauded this collaborative effort, stating, “I am pleased to welcome the G7 international Guiding Principles and the voluntary Code of Conduct, reflecting EU values to promote trustworthy AI. I call on AI developers to sign and implement this Code of Conduct as soon as possible.”

Creating a code of conduct for responsible governance

Informed by the results of a stakeholder survey, the Guiding Principles have been collaboratively developed by the EU and other G7 members, forming the basis for the creation of a Code of Conduct. This voluntary Code of Conduct will offer practical guidance to organisations engaged in AI development and promote responsible AI governance worldwide.

Both the principles and the Code will undergo regular reviews and updates to ensure they remain effective and aligned with the rapidly evolving AI landscape.

“Trustworthy, ethical, safe, and secure, this is the generative artificial intelligence we want and need,” said Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency. “With the international principles and the Code of Conduct, the EU and our like-minded partners can lead the way in ensuring AI’s benefits while addressing its risks.”

Embracing international collaboration for AI standards

The G7’s Hiroshima Artificial Intelligence Process is part of a broader international dialogue aimed at establishing global standards and guardrails for AI. These dialogues occur within various international forums, including the OECD and the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence.

The EU, which is already pioneering AI regulations through the EU AI Act, actively participated in developing these international commitments.

The G7 leaders’ agreement on International Guiding Principles and a voluntary Code of Conduct for AI developers represents a milestone in the global effort to ensure that AI technologies are developed and used responsibly.

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