The United States and the United Kingdom have entered into a new agreement to cooperate in artificial intelligence (AI) research and development.

The agreement builds on the US-UK Science and Technology Agreement signed in September 2017. It takes stock of and utilizes existing bilateral science and technology cooperation and multilateral cooperation frameworks.

It also recommends priorities for future cooperation, particularly in R&D areas where each partner shares strong common interest and brings complementary challenges, regulatory or cultural considerations, or expertise to the partnerships.

Further, the agreement coordinates as appropriate the planning and programming of relevant activities in diverse areas. These include promoting researcher and student collaboration that could potentially involve national partners, the private sector, academia, and the scientific community to further the efforts by harnessing the value of public-private partnerships.

The new agreement is claimed to focus on challenging technical issues, and protecting against efforts to adopt and apply these technologies in the service of authoritarianism and repression.

A White House statement said that “the agreement demonstrates the shared commitment of our two nations to drive technological breakthroughs in AI that will strengthen our collective economic prosperity and national security far into the future.”

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