Bletchley Park, known as one of the birthplaces of computer science, will host the UK AI Safety Summit on November 1-2, according to an announcement by the UK government. This summit will bring together international government officials, AI company leaders, and AI experts to discuss the risks of AI and how to mitigate them through coordinated action. The goal is to establish a shared approach to safe technological development.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated, “With the combined strength of our international partners, thriving AI industry, and expert academic community, we can secure the rapid international action we need for the safe and responsible development of AI around the world.
The choice of Bletchley Park as the summit’s location holds historical significance. During World War Two, Bletchley Park was a codebreaking center where British Enigma codebreaking and other Nazi code cracking took place. The efforts of the codebreakers at Bletchley Park played a crucial role in helping the Allies win the war.
Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, remarked, “It is fitting that the very spot where leading minds harnessed emerging technologies to influence the successful outcome of World War Two will, once again, be the crucible for international co-ordinated action.”
One of the most notable figures associated with Bletchley Park is Alan Turing. Turing was instrumental in developing the Bombe, a machine used to decipher encrypted messages sent by the Enigma machine during the war. He is also considered a trailblazer in the field of computer science, having conceptualized the Turing Machine, which is widely regarded as the first computer.
Today, Bletchley Park is a museum that attracts over 250,000 visitors annually. It is fitting that this birthplace of computer science will serve as the venue for a summit focused on the responsible development of generative AI.