Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, has proposed that the UAE could be a global “regulatory sandbox” for AI technologies. He believes that the UAE would be an ideal location to test future AI technologies and develop rules to regulate their use worldwide. During a virtual appearance at the World Governments Summit, Altman spoke to the UAE’s AI minister about his vision for the country’s role in shaping the future of AI.
Altman emphasized the need for a unified policy to regulate AI advancements and highlighted OpenAI’s efforts in developing ChatGPT, an AI technology that has gained widespread popularity. He expressed his confidence in the UAE’s ability to lead global discussions on regulating AI due to its investments in the field and its key policy considerations.
At present, Altman is seeking investors in the Middle East to support an AI semiconductor initiative. Despite significant investments in AI by the UAE, concerns have been raised in the US regarding its connections to China. Notably, G42, an Emirati AI company, is adjusting its presence in China to comply with demands from the US.
In addition to discussing his plans for making additional large-language models (LLMs) developed by OpenAI open-source, Altman also talked about developing tools for less affluent nations that cannot afford high costs of developing their own AI systems. He expressed a desire to make offerings that are accessible and affordable for these countries so they can access advanced technology services.