Global Leaders Discuss AI and Technology at World Economic Forum in Davos
The annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, witnessed the convergence of approximately 60 heads of state and 800 CEOs, totalling 2,800 participants.
Discussions spanned crucial global issues, from climate change to economic slowdowns, in both formal and informal settings. Notably, there was a growing consensus on the need for a collective approach to artificial intelligence (AI).
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighted this sentiment, emphasising the importance of private innovation coupled with a safety-first engineering approach and robust regulations to amplify societal benefits and mitigate unintended consequences. The world, it seems, is uniting to shape the future of AI responsibly.
Sam Altman Reflects on OpenAI Leadership Changes Amid AI Concerns at Davos
During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Sam Altman, CEO and co-founder of OpenAI, shared that the tumultuous events surrounding his temporary firing at the organisation were less stressful than the escalating global efforts to develop superintelligent AI.
Altman highlighted the increasing stakes, stress, and tension as the world approaches Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).
AI was a prominent theme at Davos, with business leaders deliberating on responsible technology use amidst substantial investments. Concerns were raised about potential risks, including impacts on democracy, prompting calls for regulation due to the rapid advancements and the race among companies to achieve AGI.
Google’s $1 Billion Investment Expands Presence in the UK with New Data Centre
Alphabet-owned Google has announced a substantial $1 billion investment in a data centre in the United Kingdom, aimed at bolstering its position in this pivotal market. The 33-acre site in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, acquired by Google in October 2020, will host the new data centre.
This expansion complements Google’s existing regional presence, including offices under development in Saint Giles and Kings Cross. Additionally, the tech giant is engaged in a research collaboration with the University of Cambridge. The move underscores Google’s commitment to strengthening its infrastructure and partnerships in the UK.