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‘There must be limits’: Worries about job safety ahead of Rishi Sunak’s AI Summit

‘Humanity could lose control of AI completely.’ Image by Cash Macanaya from Unsplash

Ever since tools like ChatGPT brought generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the forefront, there have been concerns about the technology replacing routine jobs across sectors.

As the UK gears to host the world’s first AI Safety Summit in November, Londoners fear an AI nightmare might be on the professional horizon.

“I can ask it to define something I don’t understand in school, but I’m starting to look for jobs now, and the prospect of an AI takeover is a bit scary for my future,” a student told Westminster World. “It’s probably going to creep into my day-to-day work,” a software engineer echoed, adding that AI might end up fostering a competitive job market.

On the other end of the conversation, some Londoners believe the pros of the technology outweigh its cons. “I don’t have a problem with the concept of AI because it’s helpful in media,” a journalist working for Cairo Times admitted. Although a teacher based in Germany criticised the misinformation preached by generative tools, he claimed it could eventually create new jobs.

However, during his speech in Bletchley Park on 26 October 2023, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned that “humanity could lose control of AI completely” if it was not regulated — irrespective of its potential to create new opportunities. “There will be a time when AI replaces the people who made the AI,” the Cairo Times employee continued. “I’m happy for the technology to be developed, but there must be limits.”

A Transport for London (TfL) bus driver told Westminster World that a lack of regulations would imply a direct attack on humanity. “AI takes away our privacy to a certain degree and stops people from being able to explore for themselves,” she added.

Sunak’s upcoming summit will reportedly bring together international governments, leading AI companies, and experts to discuss policies that can mitigate risks associated with the technology. The event also aims to shape global safety and establish the UK’s status as an AI superpower.