The United States is widely acknowledged as the worldwide frontrunner in artificial intelligence, thanks to corporations like OpenAI, Google, and Meta. However, the US administration asserts that it requires assistance from other countries to regulate the potential dangers brought about by AI technology.

During an international summit on AI Safety in Seoul on Tuesday, the United States conveyed a message from Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo stating that a global coalition of AI safety organizations spanning the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, and other partners will collaborate to manage the technology’s hazards. She also encouraged additional nations to participate.

“Recent breakthroughs in AI hold promising, life-altering possibilities for our society, but only if we undertake the challenging task to mitigate the very tangible risks,” Secretary Raimondo declared in a statement released prior to the announcement. “It is critical that we get this right and that we achieve it in conjunction with our associates globally to ensure that the regulations pertaining to AI are shaped by communities that uphold human rights, safety, and confidence.”

The US government has previously stated that advancements in AI pose national security threats, including the potential to automate or hasten the creation of bioweapons or to facilitate more harmful cyber assaults on essential infrastructure.

One obstacle for the United States, hinted at in Raimondo’s declaration, is that some national governments may not be enthusiastic to conform with its strategy towards AI. She articulated that the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Singapore, and the European AI Office would collaborate as the founding participants of a “global alliance of AI safety organizations.”

The Commerce Department declined to provide any insights on whether China had been invited to join the newly formed AI safety coalition. Apprehensions that China may harness advanced AI to bolster its military capability or pose a threat to the United States prompted the Trump administration initially and now the Biden administration to introduce a series of restrictions on Chinese access to crucial technology.

The United States and China have at least initiated a channel of communication. A meeting between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in November led to the two major powers consenting to engage in discussions on AI dangers and safety. Delegates from the nations congregated in Switzerland last week to conduct the initial round of deliberations.

The Commerce Department mentioned that delegates from the partner nations of the new global AI safety coalition will convene in San Francisco later this year. A strategy disclosed by the agency stipulates that the coalition will collaborate to formulate and concur on methodologies and instruments for assessing AI models and approaches to mitigate the hazards of AI. “We aspire to help in the development of the science and methodologies that form the basis of forthcoming agreements for international AI governance,” the document states. A spokesperson from the commerce department revealed that the coalition would enable nations to harness talent, test ideas more rapidly, and establish common AI standards.

The AI safety summit in Seoul this week is co-organized by the United Kingdom government, which arranged the initial significant global gathering on the subject last November. That summit culminated in over 28 nations, including the US, members of the EU, and China, committed to a statement cautioning that artificial intelligence is progressing so swiftly and uncertainly that it could give rise to “grave, even catastrophic, consequences.”