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Academic, Industry Experts Join UK AI Taskforce Advisory Board

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The UK government has appointed academic and industry experts as members of the Frontier AI Taskforce’s external advisory board.

The new appointees will support the task force’s mission to identify artificial intelligence systems that could threaten public safety and global security, according to the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.

Yoshua Bengio, a Turing Award laureate, and Government Communications Headquarters Director Anne Keast-Butler will lend their expertise in national security and deep computing.

University of Oxford’s Yarin Gal and University of Cambridge’s David Kreuger will team up and lead an investigation on cyberattacks and other frontier AI risks. The government named Gal as research director and assigned Kreuger to a consultative post.

The board members will provide input to help develop strategies for addressing AI threats and harness the technology’s potential benefits, DSIT said.

Newly recruited industry experts will join the board’s research team to evaluate evolving AI risks. AI companies Anthropic, DeepMind and OpenAI will provide access to their advanced AI models to support the effort.

Moving forward, the task force will continue to identify new AI applications in the public sector and bolster the United Kingdom’s AI capabilities.

In a statement, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology Michelle Donelan said the appointments affirmed the country’s status as a leader in AI safety.

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