At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Chinese Premier Li Qiang highlighted the urgent need for establishing ethical boundaries in the rapidly evolving field of artificial intelligence (AI). His remarks underscore the international concerns regarding the responsible development and use of AI technologies.
In his keynote speech, Li Qiang emphasized the importance of “good governance” in guiding AI’s evolution, ensuring that it contributes positively to humanity. He stressed the significance of collective commitment to ethical standards, urging for global cooperation to prevent the misuse of AI for narrow group interests. The Premier called for inclusivity in AI development, emphasizing its potential to benefit human progress and not just a select few.
Li Qiang’s speech at Davos was not limited to AI ethics. He also spoke on broader topics such as technological innovation, green development, and global economic cooperation. The Premier highlighted the role of international collaboration in science and technology, advocating for a more open and non-discriminatory environment for technological development. This, he argued, would help ensure that scientific and technological advancements benefit humanity as a whole, rather than becoming tools for restricting other countries’ development.
On the subject of green development and climate change, Li Qiang called for stronger international cooperation. He pointed out that while there is much talk about green development, there are still barriers that impede the free flow of efficient green technologies and products. The Premier urged countries to synergize their strategies and remove these barriers to facilitate a transition to a greener economy and society.
The speech also touched on the importance of bridging the development gap between the North and the South. Li Qiang highlighted the challenges faced by developing countries, stressing the need to implement the U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He called for global cooperation in areas such as poverty alleviation, food security, and industrialization to ensure mutual benefits and inclusivity.
Premier Li’s remarks at the Forum reflected China’s commitment to working with international partners in establishing frameworks for responsible AI development, prioritizing the interests of developing countries and reducing the technology gap between nations. He emphasized China’s role in fostering global cooperation in the AI sector and reiterated the country’s commitment to upholding ethical standards in AI development.
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