Frontier AI Taskforce: advisory board announced and first progress report

The Government has published an update on the Frontier AI Taskforce on September 7.

On September 7, the Government released more information on the Frontier AI Taskforce (formally called the Foundational Model Taskforce). This includes details on the appointment of members of the Taskforce’s advisory board and its first progress report. 

Members of the of the advisory board include: 

  • External Advisory Board Vice-Chair Matt Clifford – Prime Minister’s Representative for the AI Safety Summit 

  • Yoshua Bengio – Turing Prize Laureate, Founder and Scientific Director of Mila Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute 

  • Anne Keast-Butler – Director of GCHQ 

  • Alex Van Someren – Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security 

  • Matt Collins – Deputy National Security Adviser 

  • Paul Christiano – Head of the Alignment Research Centre 

  • Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard – Former Chair of the Royal College of General. Practitioners and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges 

The Taskforce has also published its first progress report that you can find here, providing more details on the Taskforce’s priorities, scope and progress. It explains that the Foundational Model Taskforce was renamed Frontier AI Taskforce, looking at the risks of the most advanced AI models. The Frontier AI Taskforce will research AI safety, identify new uses for AI in the public sector and strengthen UK capabilities. 

In addition, the progress report also includes details on the appointment of Ollie Ilott as Director for the Taskforce who joins from Downing Street, where he led the Prime Minister’s domestic private office. The Taskforce will continue to be chaired by Ian Hogarth. The report also provides details on partnerships the Taskforce has developed with technical organisations like ARC Evals, a non-profit that works on assessing catastrophic risks from frontier AI systems.  

The progress report also provides details on the The Taskforce’s workplan.The aim of the Taskforce is to develop new approaches in addressing the risks of AI and harnessing its benefits, and its board members will share evidence-based advice in their respective areas of expertise. The work of the taskforce is now focussing on the AI Safety Summit but they’re calling for experts to share their expertise to help their work.    

TechUK is developing its programme of activities ahead of the Summit and will be following the Taskforce’s work closely. Please contact [email protected] for more information. 

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Katherine Holden

Katherine Holden

Associate Director, Data Analytics, AI and Digital ID, techUK

Katherine joined techUK in May 2018 and currently leads the Data Analytics, AI and Digital ID programme. 

Prior to techUK, Katherine worked as a Policy Advisor at the Government Digital Service (GDS) supporting the digital transformation of UK Government.

Whilst working at the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) Katherine led AMRC’s policy work on patient data, consent and opt-out.    

Katherine has a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Nottingham.

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