Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, has proposed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could become a global “regulatory sandbox” for AI technologies. He believes that the UAE can be used as a starting point to test AI technologies and later develop regulations to limit their use around the world. Altman made these comments during a virtual appearance at the World Governments Summit while speaking to the UAE’s AI minister.
Altman emphasized the need for a unified policy to regulate future advances in AI. As a well-known figure due to ChatGPT, an AI technology developed by OpenAI, he believes that the UAE would be well-positioned to lead global discussions about regulating AI. He cited the country’s investments in AI and its key policy considerations as reasons for his belief.
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 countries like China, concerns have been raised in the United States due to China’s connections to China. Notably, G42, an Emirati AI company, is adjusting its presence in China to comply with demands from the US.
In addition, OpenAI has plans to make additional large-language models (LLMs) developed by the company open-source. LLMs are deep-learning algorithms that are capable of recognizing, summarizing, translating, predicting, and generating large amounts of content. Altman also talked about developing tools for less affluent nations that are unable to afford high costs of developing their own AI systems. He expressed his desire for offerings that make sense for these countries and enable them to access AI services.