UK Puts Transparency and Access at the Heart of New AI Principles

The UK has set out principles to prevent artificial intelligence (AI) models from being dominated by a handful of tech companies to the detriment of consumers and businesses. By emphasizing the need for accountability and transparency, the country’s anti-trust regulator, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), is, like other authorities worldwide, trying to control some of the potential negative consequences of AI without stifling innovation.

In a white paper published in March, the British government asked several different regulators to weigh in on how to govern the use of AI while avoiding heavy-handed legislation that could stifle innovation. The CMA’s new rules, which it outlined on Monday, aim to establish “a broad program of engagement to help ensure the development and use of foundation models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Meta’s Llama 2 evolve in a way that promotes competition and protects consumers.”

One of the key themes of the CMA’s rules is that transparency should be promoted by encouraging collaboration between the companies developing these AI systems and their customers. It also aims to stop Big Tech from restricting access to essential features of their platforms or using unfair dealings such as bundling, a practice that it says could undermine consumer trust.

These rules, due to come into force in October, will apply to a wide range of foundation models. These include large language models, such as those used by OpenAI’s GPT-4 and Meta’s Llama 2, a core building block of generative AI applications. They also cover the “deep learning” techniques widely used by many modern applications, such as facial recognition software and self-driving cars.

Despite the UK’s best efforts to establish an adaptable framework, it may still be challenging to future-proof regulations relating to rapidly changing technologies such as AI. The CMA’s approach will likely be monitored and evaluated, with adjustments made as necessary. This is a sensible approach to take, as the risk of a constantly shifting regulatory landscape could create uncertainty and stifle confidence in new technology.

The British rules also establish that they will apply to all of the United Kingdom’s nations, including devolved jurisdictions. This is a significant step, given that the decentralized approach to governance across the four nations could pose coordination challenges. Regular ministerial discussions between the UK’s central and devolved governments on this issue should be a priority, as should the creation of a mechanism to coordinate the work of different local and national regulators.

The CMA’s proposed rules will significantly test whether the UK can position itself at the forefront of global AI regulation. Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will host a global AI safety summit in November at the country’s famous Bletchley Park code-breaking center, and the country’s police forces have been pushing ahead with the deployment of facial recognition software. The government is betting on AI’s potential to boost productivity and simplify millions of daily chores, but a bright future will only be easy to secure if it can get its house in order.

Most Popular

More from Walops

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

Guangzhou Bridge Disaster: Barge Crash Plunges Vehicles into Water, Two Confirmed Dead

On Thursday, Chinese state media reported a tragic incident in the Pearl River Delta near Guangzhou city, where two individuals lost their lives, and three are currently unaccounted for. The unfortunate event unfolded when a barge collided with a bridge over the Hongqili Waterway, causing a section...

Crypto Crackdown: Genesis Pays $8 Million and Loses License After AML Failures

Following an investigation that revealed substantial deficiencies in its anti-money laundering and cybersecurity programs, Genesis Global Trading, a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, has agreed to pay an $8 million penalty and voluntarily surrender its license from the regulator, according to the New York Department of Financial...

Amid Epstein Revelations, New Claim: Brin and Ex-Wife Vacationed on Controversial Island

A new set of court documents unsealed on Monday have revealed that Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his ex-wife Anne Wojcicki, the CEO of genetic testing firm 23andMe, vacationed on Jeffrey Epstein's 'pedophile island'.' The new revelations stem from a 2016 email exchange between Sarah Ransome, one...

Fast Track, Higher Cost: US Raises H-1B Premium Processing Fee 12%

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced a 12% increase in visa application processing fees across a few categories. This includes the widely used H-1B visa, which permits US companies to employ foreign workers in specialized occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The new...

Shipping in the Suez Canal Affected by Houthi Assaults in the Red Sea

The Iran-aligned group has launched drones and missile attacks at commercial ships at the southern end of the Red Sea, which connects to Egypt's Suez Canal in the north and the Mediterranean Sea. The attacks have prompted several shipping companies to divert vessels, avoiding the route that...

Siberia Shivers as Temperatures Plummet to a Bone-Chilling -58 Degrees Celsius

Arctic weather enfolded swathes of Russia on Tuesday, with temperatures in the wilds of Siberia falling to minus 58 degrees Celsius (minus 72 degrees Fahrenheit). In Yakutsk, one of the world’s coldest cities, some 5,000 km (3,100 miles) east of Moscow, residents struggled to cope with a...

Farewell to a Diplomatic Giant: Henry Kissinger Passes Away at 100

Henry Kissinger, the scholar-turned-diplomat whose cunning and ambition made him one of the world’s most influential power brokers for over half a century, has died. He was 100. His consulting firm released a statement saying that the former US secretary of state and national security adviser died...

X CEO Linda Yaccarino Faces Calls for Resignation as Elon Musk Supports Antisemitic Statements

Several advertising executives are urging the Chief Executive Officer of X (formerly Twitter) to resign from her role in the wake of an advertiser exodus and scrutiny over owner Elon Musk's antisemitic remarks on the platform. According to CNN, over the weekend, a "groundswell" of advertising executives...

Official Confirmation: Oppo Reno 11 to Utilize MediaTek Dimensity 8200 SoC

The Oppo Reno 11 series is all set to go official in China on November 23 with at least two entries — the regular Oppo Reno 11 and the Pro variant equipped with a periscope telephoto camera. Both models are currently up for pre-reservations in the country,...

Everything You May want to Know aboutDesigning With Cherry Kitchen Cabinets

For ten decades or so, cabinets made of the medium-density cherry hardwood have dominated the interior of many houses. Drawn from the charming American cherry fruit tree, cherry cabinets are widely known for their rot-resistant and moderate durability properties.Both designers and homeowners seem to have an affinity...

Vodafone Sells Spanish Business to Zegona in Bid to Focus on Core Markets

Vodafone (VOD.L) will sell its Spanish business to Zegona Communications (ZEG.L) for 5 billion euros ($5.30 billion) in the second major deal by its new CEO to revamp a company struggling with little growth in mature markets and a lack of cash flow to fund dividend payments....

Western Digital to Create Two Separate Companies, One for Hard Drives and One for Flash Memory

The division will create two companies focusing on the hard drive and flash memory markets. This strategic move aims to increase the performance and competitiveness of each business by providing them with a sharper focus on their respective market segments. Western Digital (WDC.O) is a leading storage...