Minister Audrey Tang Attends Global Emerging Technology Summit and Calls on the world to Join "AI Safety Race"
Minister Audrey Tang of the Ministry of Digital Affairs was invited to the "2023 Global Emerging Technology Summit" held in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 2023. During the event, she shared Taiwan's experiences in promoting digital democracy and called on various sectors to collaborate in the direction of the "AI race to safety " before unknown risks arise from AI. During this visit to the U.S., Minister Tang also met with senior executives from Meta to discuss AI evaluation cooperation mechanisms and issues related to the symbiosis of the news industry and digital platforms.
The Global Emerging Technology Summit is an annual event organized by the U.S. Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP) since 2021, inviting key opinion leaders from government, business, and academia to engage in in-depth discussions on topics such as the impact and prospects of emerging technologies like AI on democratic societies. This year's summit featured distinguished guests, including U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Japanese Digital Minister Taro Kono, OpenAI Vice President for Public Affairs Anna Makanju, among others. As part of the "Conversation with Taiwan" session, Minister Tang engaged in a fireside chat to explore Taiwan's efforts in utilizing technology to promote democracy and strengthen digital resilience.
During the summit, Minister Tang emphasized the need for countries to adopt deliberative democratic mechanisms like "Alignment Assemblies" to involve the entire population in AI development in response to AI's rapid proliferation. Taiwan will continue to build consensus with international partners to ensure that global AI development shifts from a "performance race" to a "safety race," enabling continuous leadership in evaluating the most advanced AI models and jointly constructing a trustworthy AI operating environment.
Minister Tang also visited the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Washington Headquarter and met with AIT Chair Laura Rosenberger to exchange views on issues valued by both Taiwan and the U.S., including joint cybersecurity defense, emerging technologies, and digital democracy.
During her visit to the U.S., Minister Tang also met with Nick Clegg, Meta's President for Global Affairs. In addition to the discussion of AI evaluation cooperation mechanisms, Minister Tang also expressed the Taiwan government's firm support for payment for news content and urged Meta to promptly implement commitments made during the third round of meetings with the news industry to promote diverse innovation in Taiwan's digital content ecosystem.
Furthermore, Minister Tang met with Holocron Technologies, a tech startup, to exchange views on the impact of emerging technologies on regional security, economy and society, as well as how to promote the development of digital democracy.