UAE selected for Hiroshima AI Process Friends Group


Omar Al Olama, the Minister of State for AI, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, has announced that the UAE has been chosen to join the Hiroshima AI Process Friends Group, comprising 49 other nations.

In a statement shared on X, formerly Twitter, Al Olama emphasized the UAE’s commitment to innovation and collaboration, heralding it as a beacon of progress. He outlined the nation’s vision of leadership and excellence in the global arena, underscoring its unique position as the sole Arab and regional representative in the AI safety and security group.

Among the countries participating in this initiative are the US, UK, Canada, India, Japan, South Korea, and Spain.

The Hiroshima AI Process, established during the 49th G7 Summit in Japan last May, aims to provide a comprehensive framework for the responsible advancement of AI technology while addressing potential challenges posed by its rapid evolution.

A recently published code of conduct by the Hiroshima AI Process Friends Group encourages organizations in the AI field to adopt various measures throughout the AI development process. These measures focus on addressing risks such as those related to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear domains, as well as concerns regarding self-replicating AI models.

The group plans to periodically update the code of conduct through ongoing meetings and consultations with member countries and organizations.

The UAE’s involvement in this international initiative aligns with its broader efforts to lead in AI development and regulatory frameworks. Initiatives such as the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, established in 2019, demonstrate the nation’s commitment to AI education and innovation.

Moreover, discussions between Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, and Omar Al Olama during the 2024 World Governments Summit in Dubai underscored the UAE’s potential to contribute significantly to AI safety measures and auditing efforts. Altman expressed confidence in the UAE’s ability to lead discussions on AI safety and auditing, positioning the nation as a key player in shaping the future of AI technology.