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Tony Blair: Impact of AI on par with Industrial Revolution | Politics News

When it comes to the topic of artificial intelligence, Sir Tony Blair is clear on the technology’s potential to change the way we live.

“I think it is on a par with the 19th-century Industrial Revolution,” he says.

“I think it [technology] already was, but generative AI has given it a further push forward.”

The former prime minister’s eponymous institute is writing papers on AI, while he has given talks and penned newspaper opinion pieces on the technology.

Sir Tony wants us to understand the risk as well as the reward.

“It is a technology that is, simultaneously, very good but potentially very bad,” he tells me.

“The advantages are massive. It can transform the way we live and work, it can do enormous things in healthcare and education; in the way government configures itself.

“It is going to change business work – it should increase productivity dramatically.

“On the other hand, you can get disinformation deepfakes, people using it for example to create bio-terror weapons.

“How does government need to approach it? It needs to understand it, master it and harness it. Access the opportunities, mitigate the risks.”

The question that prompts that answer was written by the AI chatbot, ChatGPT.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of OpenAI is displayed near a response by its AI chatbot ChatGPT on its website, in this illustration picture taken February 9, 2023. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File Photo
ChatGPT. File pic

It asks Sir Tony for his views on the potential benefits and risks of AI, and how governments and societies should deal with such a rapidly advancing technology.

“Well, that’s a pretty obvious question,” he replies.

Nevertheless, he answers.

I ask him to describe the moment we find ourselves in.

“This is akin to the industrial revolution,” he says. “Just as that moment changed humanity, changed the state, this moment and generative AI will do that too.”

And are we ready for it? Here, he is more careful in his response.

When asked if politicians in the UK have been naïve, he says no, but says there has been ignorance of the power and use of the technology.

“Part of the problem is you’ve got the changemakers in one room and the policymakers in the other,” he says.

The US, China, and the private sector have stolen a march – and Sir Tony says countries such as Singapore are catching up with the UK too.

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“China is a leader in the AI field. The 21st century is going to be shaped by the competition between the two [China and US].”

But Sir Tony says the competing superpowers will have to find a way to work together – particularly on climate change and global health.

“Is it possible to do that in technology? I don’t know.”

And what about the UK, can it still be a leader?

“We are strong at life science, we are strong in climate, we are strong in AI itself,” he tells me.

“We need to keep our universities strong, we need to invest heavily in the infrastructure, build our computing capacity.

“There is a lot to do, and it has to be driven from the top.”

One positive, Sir Tony says, is the UK’s hosting of a major AI conference this autumn.

“One of the reasons I think it is a good idea is to explore all the different possibilities in regulation and try to get the leading countries together,” he says.

“At the very least, Europe and America should be trying to work together on this.”

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Could AI have done Sir Tony Blair’s job?

As a final question, I asked if AI could have done his job as prime minister.

“No. It couldn’t have,” he says with a smile.

But there are parts of his job where AI would have been an aide, he says.

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“It could make decision-making much more efficient. It could replace some of the processes in government.

“Already around the world, for example, you have people using AI to do planning, you have one country in Europe now using it to do small claims, rather than going through an expensive court process.

“In the end, it is maybe best to look at it as an aide to the people making a decision.

“But in the end you have to keep the decision-making capability for the human, but it will be much better informed by the technology.”

As he leaves, Sir Tony tells me about how his kids have asked AI to make a rap song using the text of one of his speeches.

Was it any good? He doesn’t say…

Lord Morris of Aberavon, who was Labour minister under Harold Wilson and Tony Blair, dies aged 91 | Politics News

Lord Morris of Aberavon, the last surviving member of Harold Wilson’s cabinet and the last surviving Labour MP elected in the 1950s, has died aged 91.

As John Morris, he was Welsh secretary under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, and attorney general under Tony Blair.

He was one of only a handful of senior Labour politicians to serve under Wilson, Callaghan and Blair. He also served under Neil Kinnock in opposition.

Former attorney general John Morris
He received his knighthood in 1999

It has been claimed that Lord Morris was the “father of devolution” in Wales, after drawing up legislation in 1978 that led to a no vote in a 1979 referendum.

And although that title is disputed, he claimed his “fingers were on the strings of that harp from beginning to end” and the current Aberavon MP told Sky News that Lord Morris was indeed a “champion of devolution”.

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Stephen Kinnock, son of the former Labour leader Neil Kinnock, said: “John Morris was a Welsh Labour politician and minister of great distinction in both the Commons and the Lords.

“He served the people of my Aberavon constituency with dedication and huge commitment for 40 years and my deepest sympathies go to Margaret and his family.

“He was a great legal brain and played an absolutely crucial role as attorney general in the British government and he was a leader in Welsh politics, as a champion of devolution and a source of wisdom, in particular on the legal and constitutional aspects of the devolution process.”

A leading barrister and later a QC, Lord Morris became an MP in 1959 and, as a Labour MP for 41 years, was the longest-serving Welsh MP in parliament.

Together with his time in the House of Lords, after a peerage when he left the Commons in 2001, Lord Morris served in parliament for 60 years.

In Wilson’s 1964-70 government, he was a junior minister at both the ministry of power and ministry of transport, before becoming minister of state for defence during the war in Biafra.

He was Welsh secretary throughout the whole of the 1974-79 Labour government and attorney general from 1997 to 1999 during the conflict in Kosovo.

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As secretary of state for Wales, he drafted the devolution bill passed by Callaghan’s government in 1978 which paved the way for the 1979 referendum.

But that vote was lost, as only just over 20% of the electorate voted in favour of the creation of an assembly in Wales.

“I had no idea the defeat would be such a big one,” Lord Morris said in a 2015 TV documentary. “The truth had to be faced, we had failed abysmally.”

He claimed, however, that the devolution proposals in that 1979 referendum were largely the same as were put to the public in 1997 by the Blair government.

“There was very little difference between the old Act of 1978 and the new one,” he said. “It’s the same piece of legislation.

“New work wasn’t needed and that’s how the measure was prepared so quickly. My fingers were on the strings of that harp from beginning to end.”

The 1997 referendum was won, narrowly with just over 50% of the vote in favour, and in 2011 a referendum to give the assembly law-making powers secured a 63.5% Yes vote.

Tony Blair wanted Vladimir Putin at ‘top table’ while he was PM despite officials’ fears | Politics News

Tony Blair wanted Vladimir Putin to have a seat at the international “top table” during his time as prime minister, according to newly released official files.

The Labour PM from 1997 to 2007 believed the Russian president was at heart a “Russian patriot” and it was important to encourage him to adopt Western values, the papers released to the National Archives show.

However, officials voiced their fears he represented a return to Cold War attitudes and questioned whether he could be trusted.

In 2001, about a year after KGB lieutenant officer Mr Putin became president, an internal No 10 briefing note entitled “Putin’s progress” raised the concerns, including a resurgence in Russian espionage activities.

“Despite the warmth of Putin’s rhetoric about the close links between Russia and the UK, the Russian intelligence effort against British targets remains at a high level,” it said.

“The Russian intelligence presence in the UK is at Cold War levels, and they continue to try to post active and hostile officers to work against British interests worldwide.”

The document gives a list of assurances from Mr Putin to Mr Blair during their meetings at international summits, which turned out to be false.

They included backing for the West’s tough line on dealing with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and pledges that Moscow would stop supplying Iran’s nuclear programme.

The papers said Mr Putin had thanked Mr Blair for offering assistance after the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk, with all 118 crew lost, but said Russian officials obstructed the offer while spreading false rumours it sunk due to colliding with a British submarine.

In a memorandum that is very relevant now, given Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Mr Putin also told Mr Blair he did not want to be considered to be “anti-NATO” but his defence minister then warned NATO any further enlargement would be “a major political error” requiring Moscow to take “appropriate steps”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the launch ceremony of the Titan-Polymer plant via videoconference in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin

The note is part of a series of briefing notes for Mr Blair’s foreign policy adviser John Sawers ahead of meeting senior officials in the new George Bush administration before the prime minister’s first meeting with the new US president.

Mr Blair compared Mr Putin to French wartime president Charles de Gaulle during talks with then-vice-president Dick Cheney at Camp David.

“The prime minister described him as a Russian patriot, acutely aware that Russia had lost its respect in the world. To describe him as a Russian de Gaulle would be misleading, but he had a similar mindset,” the note of the meeting said.

“He (Mr Blair) understood that Putin had a low approval rating in the US. But he thought it was better to allow Putin a position on the top table and encourage Putin to reach for Western attitudes as well as the Western economic model.”

And despite tensions with the Russian president, the files show how diplomacy ruled, with a No 10 official informing Mr Blair on his trip to Moscow in 2001 that he had to give the president a set of newly released silver No 10 cufflinks for his birthday.

Mandela intervention ‘not helpful’

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is applauded by Prime Minister Tony Blair and John Prescott (left) at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton.
Nelson Mandela is applauded by Tony Blair and John Prescott (left) at a Labour Party Conference.

The files also reveal tensions between Mr Blair and Nelson Mandela, as well as with his cabinet, notably his chancellor Gordon Brown.

Files showed officials in No 10 feared former South African president Mr Mandela’s efforts to act as an intermediary between the Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi over the Lockerbie bombing were “unlikely to be helpful”.

Mr Mandela, as president, helped broker the agreement that eventually led to two Libyan intelligence agents standing trial before a Scottish court for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish village of Lockerbie, killing 270.

But after his presidency ended and one of the accused was found guilty in 2001, Mr Mandela tried to intercede as Gaddafi pushed for international sanctions on Libya to be lifted.

Anna Wechsberg in the No 10 private office noted: “Mandela evidently sees himself acting as mediator between the prime minister and Gaddafi. This is unlikely to be helpful.”

Away days ‘pretty ghastly’

On friction with Mr Blair’s cabinet, notes reveal not one senior minister enjoyed the annual “away days” held at the PM’s country home of Chequers.

Gordon Brown and Tony Blair at the despatch box in 2007
Gordon Brown and Tony Blair at the despatch box in 2007

David Milliband, then a No 10 special adviser, complained that no company would run them in such a haphazard fashion.

“The tradition of a TB/GB (Tony Blair/Gordon Brown) introduction and then one disjointed comment from each cabinet member is pretty ghastly – and not very useful,” he said in a memo.

The files show Mr Blair’s chief of staff suggested Mr Brown led the 1998 gathering on the economy, writing: “You said you did not like this, but I don’t see how you can avoid it.”

Mr Blair replied: “No, we should start with a general political discussion which I should lead, then in (the) afternoon economy.”