Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, has suggested that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could be a global “regulatory sandbox” for AI technologies. He sees the UAE as a starting point for testing AI technologies and later developing rules to limit their use around the world. During a virtual appearance at the World Governments Summit, Altman spoke to the UAE’s AI minister and proposed that the country could be a contained environment for experimenting with future technology before deciding on appropriate regulations.
Altman emphasized the need for a unified policy to regulate future advances in AI. He is well-known due to his work with ChatGPT, an AI technology developed by OpenAI. He expressed his belief that the UAE would be well-positioned to lead global discussions about regulating AI due to its investments in the technology and key policy considerations.
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 US regarding its connections to China. Notably, G42, an Emirati AI company, has adjusted its presence in China to comply with demands from the US.
In addition, Altman mentioned OpenAI’s plans to make additional large-language models (LLMs) developed by the company open-source. LLMs are deep-learning AI algorithms that are capable of recognizing, summarizing, translating, predicting, and generating large amounts of content. He also discussed developing tools for less affluent nations that cannot afford high costs of developing their own AI systems. Altman expressed his desire to provide offerings that make sense for these countries and enable them access to AI services.
Overall, Altman’s suggestions highlight both the potential benefits and challenges of implementing regulations around emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI). As governments continue to grapple with these complex issues