This week, leading tech industry figures, academics, and political leaders met at Bletchley Park for a two-day summit on artificial intelligence (AI).
Bletchley Park played a significant role in advancing technology in the twentieth century as the place where top British codebreakers cracked the “Enigma Code”, hastening the end of World War Two. In the twenty-first century, the UK is looking to position itself as a world leader in AI technology and has officially launched a National Artificial Intelligence strategy to help secure its place as a global science leader and to utilise the capacity of the latest technologies to enhance lives and address global issues such as climate change and public health.
The Bletchley Park summit took place against the backdrop of the introduction of the Online Safety Act in the UK and a plethora of anticipated legislation from the EU and in the UK to regulate the use of AI technology. The Online Safety Act, which seeks to protect children from online harm, requires relevant organisations to remove illegal content quickly or prevent it from appearing in the first place. The provisions of the Act will come into force by the end of this year. How organisations will manage regulatory compliance in an era of AI dominated technology remains to be seen. However, we have been watching this space for some time.
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