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UK AI Safety Institute releases new AI safety evaluation platform

Thu 16 May 2024

The UK Government has announced that the UK AI Safety Institute’s evaluation platform has been made available to the global artificial intelligence (AI) community to ‘pave the way’ for the safe innovation of AI models.

By making Inspect evaluations platform available to the global community, the Institute intends to help accelerate the work on AI safety evaluations being carried out globally, leading to better safety testing and the development of more secure models.

Inspect is a software library which enables testers, from start-ups, academia, and AI developers to international governments, to assess specific capabilities of individual models and then produce a score based on their results.

“The reason I am so passionate about this, and why I have open-sourced Inspect, is because of the extraordinary rewards we can reap if we grip the risks of AI. From our NHS to our transport network, safe AI will improve lives tangibly – which is what I came into politics for in the first place,” said Michelle Donelan,  Secretary of State for Science, Innovation, and Technology.

Inspect can be used to evaluate models in various areas, including their core knowledge, ability to reason, and autonomous capabilities. Released through an open-source licence, Inspect is freely available for the AI community to use.

“We hope to see the global AI community using Inspect to not only carry out their own model safety tests, but to help adapt and build upon the open source platform so we can produce high-quality evaluations across the board,” said Ian Hogarth, Chair at the AI Safety Institute.

The UK Government said the platform was sparked by some of the UK’s leading AI minds and its release comes at a crucial time in AI development, as more powerful models are expected to hit the market over the course of 2024.

Successful collaboration on AI safety testing means having a shared, accessible approach to evaluations, and we hope Inspect can be a building block for AI Safety Institutes, research organisations, and academia.

Alongside the launch of Inspect, the AI Safety Institute, Incubator for AI (i.AI), and Number 10 will bring together AI talent from a range of areas to rapidly test and develop new open-source AI safety tools.

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