‘Take Science Fiction Seriously’: World Leaders Sound Alarm on AI

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U.S., China among countries pledging to work together to evaluate risks of AI’s most advanced forms

President Biden on Monday signed a new executive order invoking the Defense Production Act in an effort to rein in the risks of artificial intelligence. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg

BLETCHLEY, U.K.—Here in the English countryside, at an estate where World War II codebreakers cracked the Nazis’ Enigma encryption machine, world leaders pledged to work together to lessen risks of a technology they said also poses a grave threat.

Artificial intelligence, they said, could in its most advanced forms create catastrophic risks in realms including cybersecurity and biotechnology—or even escape human control.