New Zealand leads the authorship of AI international framework

The framework is the first of its kind aimed at global policy-makers to make decisions regarding AI and its risks.
By: | April 24, 2024

An international report that centres around global discussion of AI has been launched, with New Zealand taking the lead in the conversation.

Two researchers from the country are leading the charge for an international policy guide and framework to evaluate AI and other new technologies, launched at the reception at the New Zealand Embassy in Paris, France. Titled A guide for policy-makers: Evaluating rapidly developing technologies including AI, large language models and beyond, the lead authors Sir Peter Gluckman, Director Koi The Centre for Informed Futures, a think tank; and Hema Sridhar, Strategic Adviser For Technological Futures, Koi Tū, seek to cover the increasingly developed technologies of AI and the discussion of how to maximise benefits and minimise risks.

The intent of the framework, Sridhar explained, is to help provide a checklist that can be used for policymakers, decision-makers and the private sector.

“With increasing global fragmentation there is a need for urgency to determine how best to utilise this technology. There is a need for neutral voices to champion inclusive approaches that supports public discourse,” Sridhar continued.

“A systemic framework for analysis is needed and that has been missing. The analytical framework developed in this report is not limited in its application to AI and could be applied to any rapidly emerging technology, such as gene editing or quantum,” explained Sir Gluckman.

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“The conversation needs to go beyond the simplistic narrative of whether it (AI) will create a nirvana or destroy the world. The reality is in the history of humankind, all technologies get used. They always get used both for good purposes and bad purposes. But having this sort of framework allows us to have the discussions about how to take any new technology and make it most likely that the good and beneficial purposes will be supported and the negative will be prevented,” he concluded.