It has come to light that several prominent AI companies have reached an agreement with the UK government to unveil their learning models.

Those included in the deal are OpenAI, DeepMind, and Anthropic. They have all agreed to open up to the UK for research and safety purposes.

This announcement was made during London Tech Week which occured at the start of June by Rishi Sunak. In the speech, it was said that AI will transform several areas of education and healthcare, while also signifying that semi-conductors, synthetic biology, and quantum computing would be key areas of focus for the UK government moving forward.

“We’re going to do cutting edge [AI] safety research here in the UK”

Rishi Sunak

This comes during a time of high activity within Europe and the UK for AI, as Anthropic and OpenAI recently opened their European headquarters in the UK. With Palantir also revealing plans to establish an AI research hub in the country too.

In March, it was reported that the UK government aims to invest £900 million or $1.1 billion towards developing a cutting-edge supercomputer, to create it’s own GPT AI model.

This has become part of a new broader artificial intelligence strategy that aims to establish a new research body in the nation, and ultimately become one of the industry leaders in the world. Although there are also concerns that this might also pave the way for job losses in the future.

This has come at a particularly interesting time, as the European Union has continiously banged on the door of such companies such as OpenAI to be more transparent in how they train their data. The EU is also actively monitoring how much these companies can better protect and safeguard their citizens on AI.

Are we about to see an EU vs UK battle on AI?

Since the UK is no longer in the EU, it might see a chance to capitalise on the recent trends without having to worry about beaurocracy of Europe.

Not only that, the UK has some ambitious goals of becoming the global leader in AI safety regulation, with plans for a fall summit and the establishment of a foundation model task force for research and funding.

It comes as no surprise that the EU and UK have had frosty relations in the past, and this might continue over the next few years and these rapidly developing technologies will cause ideological clashes. With the EU heavily focusing its attention on the safety and regulation element, the UK can be seen taking a much more pragmatic approach, aiming to be seen in a much more favourable light to these companies.

With these companies seemingly being open to working with the UK government, one may ask how this benefits OpenAI and DeepMind.

It is not clear what data these firms will share with the UK government.

Should we be following a more cautious approach of the EU, or should we be more pragmatic in allowing innovation to freely flow and be more lax in terms of safety and regulation?

Only time will tell how this deal turns out for the UK government and its citizens.