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Japan can lead the G-7 toward an AI governance agreement

AI will transform the world as we know it. There will be no dimension of economic or social life that will not be affected by AI. AI has the potential to discover new lifesaving medicines. AI can help design new materials for construction, manufacturing and consumer products.

Individual countries are now exploring narrow governance solutions designed for their own national best interests. The EU is negotiating the text of the EU AI Act. Here in the U.S., the National Institute of Standards and Technology is finalizing the AI Risk Management Framework. Recently, the U.K. released the first draft of its approach to AI legislation.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has developed a general vision for Society 5.0 that   provides a well-balanced approach to this very important problem.

Japan was able to craft an excellent solution to data governance back in 2019 that became the world standard at the G-20 meeting. We now need Japan to take the lead on AI governance for the upcoming G-7. The G-20 is no longer a viable venue because of Russia’s and China’s geopolitical positions. We need to focus now on leading democracies to develop this critical governance framework.

The original article was posted at the Nikkei.

The Boston Global Forum (BGF), in collaboration with the United Nations Centennial Initiative, released a major work entitled Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment.   More than twenty distinguished leaders, scholars, analysts, and thinkers put forth unprecedented approaches to the challenges before us. These include President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Governor Michael Dukakis, Father of Internet Vint Cerf, Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Harvard University Professors Joseph Nye and Thomas Patterson, MIT Professors Nazli Choucri and Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, and Vice President of European Parliament Eva Kaili.  The BGF introduced core concepts shaping pathbreaking international initiatives, notably, the Social Contract for the AI Age, an AI International Accord, the Global Alliance for Digital Governance, the AI World Society (AIWS) Ecosystem, and AIWS City.