Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, has proposed that the UAE could serve as a global “regulatory sandbox” for AI technologies. He believes that the UAE would be an ideal starting point for testing and developing rules to limit the use of these technologies around the world. During a virtual appearance at the World Governments Summit, Altman spoke to the UAE’s AI minister about his vision for a unified policy to regulate future advances in AI.
Altman is well-known for 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 field and key policy considerations. However, these comments come at a time when Altman 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 about 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 regulations for AI technologies, Altman also spoke about OpenAI’s plans to make additional large-language models (LLMs) open-source. LLMs are deep-learning algorithms that are capable of recognizing, summarizing, translating, predicting and generating large amounts of content. Altman also mentioned plans to develop tools that make sense for less affluent nations unable to afford high costs of developing their own AI systems. His goal is to ensure that these offerings are accessible and affordable for countries worldwide so they can access AI services without breaking their bank.