With the AI summit taking place at Bletchley Park, BCS was in demand from media and the government to share its expertise in areas such as regulation, education, safety and ethics.
News outlets, such as the BBC covered our reaction to PM Rishi Sunak's AI regulation plans. Our CEO, Rashik Parmar, said: "AI won't grow up like the Terminator. If we take the proper steps, it will be a trusted co-pilot from our earliest school days to our retirement." Our views were also reported in multiple other outlets such as the Daily Mail, and Computing.
Rashik was also invited to attend a dinner ahead of the summit, hosted by Secretary of State, Michelle Donelan.
He also joined a pre-summit business roundtable with Tech & Data Governance Minister Paul Scully.
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Julia Adamson, MD for Education and Public Benefit MBE was featured across the BBC in a report put together by finalists of the BBC Young Reporters scheme, looking at the use of AI in school. Julia appeared on BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio London and in a BBC Online article.
We were also quoted in a government press release just ahead of the summit itself as leading tech firms outlined their AI safety policies. Adam Leon Smith, Chair of the BCS Fellows Technical Advisory Group (F-TAG) said: “This set of emerging, adaptable processes and practices moves the industry forwards significantly, and sets a new bar for research and development. It is challenging to talk about how to manage safety when we are dealing in some cases with systems that are too advanced for us to have yet built - but it’s important to have the vision and courage to anticipate the risks”.
All of which goes to show that the media, and the government, are listening closely to what we have to say about AI safety.