The United States and the United Kingdom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development of standards for AI Safety. The agreement, which was signed on April 1, aims to create robust evaluations for AI models, systems, and agents through coordinated scientific approaches.

As part of the agreement, the two countries will conduct joint testing exercises on publicly accessible AI models and exchange personnel between their established AI Safety Institutes. The partnership, which takes effect immediately, was announced in identical press releases by the US Department of Commerce and the UK’s Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology.

US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo hailed AI as the defining technology of our generation and emphasized the importance of addressing all risks associated with it, from national security to societal risks. She described the partnership as proactive, stating that they are actively tackling these concerns.

UK Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan called the agreement a landmark moment and emphasized the global importance of pursuing safe AI development. Donelan highlighted the urgency of the partnership, especially with the upcoming release of new AI models that are expected to be game-changing.

This agreement builds on commitments made during the UK’s AI Safety Summit in November 2023 and aligns with the Bletchley Declaration, a policy paper from countries that attended the summit. The news comes after the Biden Administration’s executive order in the US, which included the appointment of chief AI officers across all federal agencies.

The UK has also taken steps towards local regulation of AI with a policy announced in February. Overall, the US and UK are working together to ensure the safe development of AI technology for the future.

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