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US, Chinese officials to meet to discuss AI risks

U.S. and Chinese officials are scheduled to meet in Geneva on Tuesday to discuss risks related to advanced artificial intelligence (AI), senior administration officials said.

The bilateral talks will be an “exchange of views on the technical risks of AI” and will provide “an opportunity to directly communicate our respective areas of concern,” officials told reporters in a conference call Friday.

The Biden administration plans to express concerns about the Chinese government’s use of AI in the military and national security fields “in ways that we believe undermine the national security of both the United States and our allies.”

“To be clear, our discussions with the Chinese government are not focused on promoting any form of technological cooperation or collaborating on frontier research in any field,” the official said. “And our technology protection policy is not negotiable.”

The Biden administration is restricting exports of AI chips to China and is considering restricting access by China and other foreign adversaries to the software behind advanced AI models, according to reports. It is reported that Reuters.

But the official added: “We believe it is worth opening channels of communication on these issues.”

The meeting is the result of a November meeting between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, during which the two sides agreed to bring together experts to discuss the risks and safety of AI.

The two leaders’ meeting in a San Francisco suburb last fall came at a time when relations between the two superpowers had cooled. In addition to ramping up AI talks, Biden and Xi also agreed to restore military-to-military communications at the time, a major breakthrough for their adversaries.

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