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 while speaking to the UAE’s AI minister, Altman proposed that the UAE 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. As a well-known figure 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. The country’s investments in AI and its key policy considerations make it an ideal place for these conversations.
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 such as China, there have been concerns raised in the United States due to their connections with China. Notably, a prominent Emirati AI company, G42, is adjusting its presence in China to comply with demands from the US.
Altman also discussed OpenAI’s plans to make additional large-language models (LLMs) developed by the company open-source. LLMs are deep-learning AI algorithms that can recognize, summarize, translate, predict and generate large amounts of content. He also talked about developing tools for less affluent nations that are unable to afford high costs of developing their own AI systems. Altman expressed his desire for offerings that make sense for these countries and enable them to access important services like these.
Overall, Altman sees potential for the UAE to play a crucial role in shaping global regulations around artificial intelligence technologies through its investments and key policy considerations.