Singapore has taken a step in the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) by inviting international feedback on its proposed governance framework for generative AI technologies. The main aim is to foster collaboration and ensure that emerging technologies align with global standards.
The new Model AI Governance Framework for Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) is built on the existing 2019 framework. This existing 2019 framework covers only traditional artificial intelligence and appears at a time when generative AI is still expanding and developing.
According to the minister of communications and information Josephine Teo, the framework is a part of Singapore’s contribution to the global conversation. It was developed by the AI Verify Foundation and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). The minister of communications and information recently attended the World Economic Forum annual meeting.
While speaking to The Straits Times in Davos, Switzerland she asserted that AI governance cannot be done only at the country level. She also added by saying, “Our contribution to the global conversation is partly why we have chosen the World Economic Forum to be the launch pad for the updated framework and to seek international inputs.”
The progress of this framework was aligned with the National AI Strategy 2.0 launched in December 2023, said the minister of communications and information. This framework is anticipated to be finalized in the middle of 2024. It is termed as the MGF-GenAI. The minister of communications and information also said, “It’s also partly because this field is so nascent. We believe that to make progress, somebody has to offer something, put it on the table, and then the global conversation can be further enriched.”
Traditional artificial intelligence includes AI to predict fraud, and employee flight risks while generative artificial intelligence includes ChatGPT and Midjourney. According to Mrs Teo, there are nine main identified by the new framework such as testing and assurance as well as accountability and security.
Singapore’s proposed framework emphasizes transparency, accountability, and fairness, aiming to address concerns related to the ethical implications of AI systems, especially in content-generation applications. AI Verify is a toolkit that is meant to help organizations confirm the performance of their artificial intelligence systems against the internationally recognized AI governance principles.
The minister of communications and information exclaimed that MGF-GenAI will likely see a similar path as the version launched in 2019, as different sectors will use generative AI in their ways and have to find an expression of governance most suited to their circumstances.