Sam Altman, leader of OpenAI, believes that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could be an ideal “regulatory sandbox” for experimenting with artificial intelligence technologies. This would allow for testing and the development of global rules for limiting their use in the future. Altman emphasized the need for a contained environment to give people a glimpse of the future and let them experiment with AI.
Altman made these remarks while seeking investment in the Middle East for a semiconductor initiative aimed at advancing AI. He acknowledged that OpenAI plans to develop tools for poorer nations that cannot afford the massive costs of creating their own AI systems. Altman expressed OpenAI’s desire to provide AI services to countries with an offering that is suitable for their needs.
Recently, there has been concern 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.