UNITED NATIONS (NEWSnet/AP) — The United Nations General Assembly has asked that artificial intelligence technology benefits all nations, respects human rights and is “safe, secure and trustworthy.”

The resolution on this topic, sponsored by the United States, was adopted by consensus with a bang of the gavel and without a vote, meaning it has the nod of all 193 U.N. member nations.

It was the first AI-related resolution considered by the General Assembly.

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said earlier this month that adoption of the resolution would be a “historic step forward” in fostering the safe use of AI.

The resolution aims to close a digital divide among countries and make sure a variety of perspectives are represented in discussions on AI.

For example, it aims to make sure that developing countries have the technology and capabilities to take advantage of AI’s benefits for tools such as detecting diseases, predicting floods, helping farmers, and training the next generation of workers.

The resolution recognizes the rapid acceleration of the technology's development and use; and stresses “the urgency of achieving global consensus on safe, secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence systems.”

It also recognizes that “the governance of artificial intelligence systems is an evolving area” that needs further discussions on possible governance approaches.

Big tech companies generally have supported the need to regulate AI, while lobbying to ensure any rules work in their favor.

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