Sam Altman, the leader of OpenAI, believes that the United Arab Emirates could be an effective “regulatory sandbox” for experimenting with artificial intelligence technologies. He made this statement while seeking investment in the Middle East for a semiconductor initiative aimed at advancing AI.
Altman emphasized the necessity of unified policies to control advancements in AI. He pointed out that, for various reasons, the UAE is well-positioned to take a leading role in these discussions. Altman acknowledged that OpenAI plans to develop tools for poorer nations that cannot afford the massive costs of creating their own AI systems. He expressed OpenAI’s desire to provide AI services to countries with an offering that is suitable for their needs.
There have been recent concerns in the United States about the UAE’s ties to China, particularly in the field of artificial intelligence. G42, an Emirati AI company, has announced plans to scale back its presence in China in response to requests from Washington, despite previously having partnerships with companies like OpenAI, Microsoft, and Cerebras Systems. This move was made to address concerns related to national security.