Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, believes that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could be a global “regulatory sandbox” for AI technologies. During a virtual appearance at the World Governments Summit, he spoke to the UAE’s AI minister about testing and developing rules to limit the use of these technologies worldwide. Altman suggests that the UAE would be well-positioned to lead global discussions about regulating AI due to its investments in AI and key policy considerations.
Altman emphasizes the need for a unified policy to regulate future advances in AI. He is a well-known figure due to his role in popularizing ChatGPT, an AI technology developed by OpenAI. He believes that the UAE would be an ideal location for experimenting with future technology before deciding on appropriate regulations.
These comments from Altman come at a time when he is seeking investors in the Middle East to support an AI semiconductor initiative. Despite significant investments in AI by the UAE, there have been concerns raised in the United States due to its connections with China. Notably, G42, an Emirati AI company, has adjusted its presence in China to comply with demands from US regulators.
In addition to discussing regulatory issues, Altman also talked about OpenAI’s plans to make additional large-language models (LLMs) open-source. LLMs are deep-learning algorithms capable of recognizing, summarizing, translating, predicting and generating large amounts of content. Altman also mentioned plans to develop tools for less affluent nations that cannot afford high costs associated with developing their own AI systems. He hopes that these offerings will enable these countries to access essential services while reducing costs.
Overall, Sam Altman sees potential opportunities for experimentation and innovation when it comes to regulating AI technologies globally through collaboration between governments and private companies like OpenAI.