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G7 officials to hold first meeting on AI regulation next week

TOKYO (Reuters) – Officials from Group of Seven (G7) countries will meet next week to consider problems posed by generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT, Japan said on Friday.

Leaders of the G7, which includes the United States, the European Union and Japan, last week agreed to create an intergovernmental forum called the “Hiroshima AI Process” to debate issues of increasingly common AI tools.

Japan’s Communications Minister Takeki Matsumoto said G7 government officials will hold the first working-level AI meeting on May 30 and consider issues such as intellectual property protection, misinformation and how the technology should be controlled.

The meeting comes as tech regulators around the world assess the impact of popular AI services like ChatGPT by Microsoft-backed OpenAI.

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The European Union is inching closer to enacting the world’s first major legislation on AI, prompting other governments to consider what rules should apply to AI tools.

Japan, as chair of the G7 this year, “will lead the G7 discussion on the responsible use of generative AI technology,” Matsumoto said, adding that the forum is expected to come up with suggestions for heads of state by the end of the year.

At last week’s Hiroshima G7 summit, leaders also called for the development and adoption of international technical standards to keep AI “trustworthy” and “in line with our shared democratic values.”

Matsumoto said at a regular press conference that the G7 AI working group would seek input from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

(Reporting by Kantaro Komiya)

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