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Google – Introducing the Frontier Safety Framework

The Framework – The first version of the Framework announced today builds on our research on evaluating critical capabilities in frontier models, and follows the emerging approach of Responsible Capability Scaling. The Framework has three key components:

  1. Identifying capabilities a model may have with potential for severe harm. To do this, we research the paths through which a model could cause severe harm in high-risk domains, and then determine the minimal level of capabilities a model must have to play a role in causing such harm. We call these “Critical Capability Levels” (CCLs), and they guide our evaluation and mitigation approach.
  2. Evaluating our frontier models periodically to detect when they reach these Critical Capability Levels. To do this, we will develop suites of model evaluations, called “early warning evaluations,” that will alert us when a model is approaching a CCL, and run them frequently enough that we have notice before that threshold is reached.
  3. Applying a mitigation plan when a model passes our early warning evaluations. This should take into account the overall balance of benefits and risks, and the intended deployment contexts. These mitigations will focus primarily on security (preventing the exfiltration of models) and deployment (preventing misuse of critical capabilities)…”

See also “Artificial intelligence (AI) act: Council gives final green light to the first worldwide rules on AI. Today the Council approved a ground-breaking law aiming to harmonise rules on artificial intelligence, the so-called artificial intelligence act. The flagship legislation follows a ‘risk-based’ approach, which means the higher the risk to cause harm to society, the stricter the rules. It is the first of its kind in the world and can set a global standard for AI regulation.  The new law aims to foster the development and uptake of safe and trustworthy AI systems across the EU’s single market by both private and public actors. At the same time, it aims to ensure respect of fundamental rights of EU citizens and stimulate investment and innovation on artificial intelligence in Europe. The AI act applies only to areas within EU law and provides exemptions such as for systems used exclusively for military and defence as well as for research purposes”

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