Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, has proposed 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 and developing rules to limit the use of these technologies worldwide. During a virtual appearance at the World Governments Summit, Altman spoke to the UAE’s AI minister about the need for a unified policy to regulate future advances in AI.
Altman is well-known due to his work with ChatGPT, an AI technology developed by OpenAI. He believes 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. These comments come at a time when Altman is seeking investors in the Middle East for an AI semiconductor initiative. Despite significant investments in AI by the UAE, concerns have been raised in the United States about the country’s connections to 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 cannot afford high costs of developing their own AI systems. Altman expressed his desire to have offerings that make sense for these countries, enabling them to access AI services.