A UN agency on artificial intelligence similar to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with regulatory powers could enhance coordination of AI initiatives worldwide and promote global governance on AI, Jean-Marc Rickli, assistant professor at King’s College, London, writes in a blogpost for World Economic Forum. The UN secretary general has recently expressed support for such a UN agency.
Rickly says that to succeed, the UN must transcend its traditional intergovernmental DNA and incorporate the scientific community, private sector (the primary source of AI innovations) and civil society into new governance frameworks, including public-private partnerships.
Deepfakes are synthetic media that have been manipulated to falsely portray individuals saying or doing things they never actually did. They can be used to spread misinformation, damage reputations and even influence elections, he argues. There is currently no global regulatory framework to govern the use of deepfakes.
“AI represents a dual-use technology even more transformative than electricity, and therefore has profound international security implications.”
“The deepfake and generative AI quandary serves as a sobering reminder of the immense power and multifaceted security challenges posed by artificial intelligence. In the pursuit of responsible AI governance, we must prioritise the protection against malevolent exploitation while nurturing an environment that encourages ethical innovation and societal progress.”
Rickli says that embracing strategic foresight, unshackling ourselves from linear thinking, and fostering diverse collaborations and security by design are crucial steps towards collectively shaping an AI-powered future that upholds ethical principles, preserves democratic values and secures the well-being of humanity in the face of transformative technological landscapes.
“By forging this path, we can pave the way for a more equitable, secure and prosperous society in the age of AI.”