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Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks outside 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, March 1, 2024.

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Britain’s AI test-drive

The United Kingdom takes a hands-off approach to regulating AI technology — especially in relation to its European Union counterparts. Now, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government is also using the tech to try to improve its own bureaucratic processes.

The government announced it will trial some AI tools — namely, a government-licensed version of ChatGPT, as well as various open-source tools — to analyze comments on public policy documents and draft responses to parliamentary questions. The government says there will always be a human vetting whatever the AI systems generate.

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