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US, UK Sign Declaration on Joint AI R&D Initiatives

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The U.S. has entered into an agreement with the U.K. to launch a joint effort aimed at driving artificial intelligence-focused research and development, technology adoption and public-private partnerships. 

The declaration was signed by Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, and U.K. secretaries of state Alok Sharma and Oliver Dowden during last week’s Special Relationship Economic Working Group inaugural meeting, the State Department said Friday.

Under the agreement, the two countries will work to drive bilateral AI R&D partnerships and build on existing collaborations between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its U.K. counterpart.

Both countries will also work to establish priorities for future research efforts, coordinate regulatory and cultural considerations and protect against the use of AI “in the service of authoritarianism and repression.”

The U.S. and U.K. will additionally work to promote dialogue between industry, the academe and the scientific community through researcher and student collaborations as well as private-sector partnerships.

“We intend to establish a bilateral government-to-government dialogue on the areas identified in this vision and explore an AI R&D ecosystem that promotes the mutual wellbeing, prosperity, and security of present and future generations,” according to the statement.

The new declaration builds on the US-UK Science and Technology Agreement signed in 2017.

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