Hillary Clinton and others call for ‘international cooperation’ on artificial intelligence

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and various former foreign ministers from around the globe joined together in a statement calling for “international cooperation” regarding the field of artificial intelligence, according to the Aspen Institute.

“As the technologies evolve and permeate all aspects of society, we feel it is important to move quickly to ensure international cooperation on what will be one of the most important policy challenges of our time,” the statement reads. “As former foreign ministers, we are by no means experts on Artificial Intelligence, but we deeply understand how important it is to communicate and collaborate globally for issues as complicated and critical to the future of our societies and the international order.”

The statement was posted online by the Aspen Institute. Clinton’s name is listed along with 21 others.

The statement calls for establishing “an international agency and national agencies to increase capacity and oversight in AI governance,” as well as “an international organization to fund, coordinate, and conduct research on AI safety, including research in support of regulatory measures.”

“We applaud UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ recent launch of the High-Level Multistakeholder Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence and look forward to their contributions in this space,” the statement notes.

“This is a time to come together to take creative collective and ambitious actions. These risks should be neither political nor geopolitical footballs. The Aspen Ministers’ Forum is ready to contribute to this objective by actively reaching out to our national governments, briefing UN, EU, AU, and other regional organization leaders, continuing to study this issue, and contribute on this critical issue wherever we can,” the statement concludes.

Clinton, the wife of former President Bill Clinton, has previously served as a U.S. senator from New York and as secretary of state during a portion of President Barack Obama’s White House tenure. She lost the 2016 presidential election to Republican Donald Trump.

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