G7 digitalization ministers begin talks on AI development, risks

Cabinet ministers of the Group of Seven nations have begun talks on how best to use artificial intelligence and ways to promote and regulate it.

The G7 ministers for digitalization and technology are meeting on Saturday and Sunday in the city of Takasaki, north of Tokyo, with Japan serving as the chair.

The meetings come at a time when programs like ChatGPT and generative AI are rapidly gaining popularity. Generative AI can automatically produce text and images.

High hopes are being placed on the technology, which could drastically change society. But a variety of concerns are arising regarding breaches of privacy and information leakage.

The ministers aim to compile guidelines for the proper use of AI in a way that can be trusted.

They will also discuss plans to set up a data free flow system with trust, which is called “DFFT.”

Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi told reporters on Friday night that a uniformly pre-set regulation does not suit today’s new technologies.

He added that regulations should be implemented in a dynamic and flexible manner.

He expressed the hope that the ministerial discussions will lead to an overall agreement on enhancing international cooperation in that direction.


Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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