OpenAI leader Sam Altman has expressed his belief that the UAE could serve as an effective “regulatory sandbox” for experimenting with artificial intelligence technologies. This would provide a contained environment for testing and developing global rules to limit their use in the future. Altman emphasized the need for unified policies to control advancements in AI, and highlighted the UAE’s unique position to lead these discussions due to various reasons.
While seeking investment in the Middle East for a semiconductor initiative aimed at advancing AI, Altman also acknowledged that OpenAI plans to develop tools for poorer nations that cannot afford the massive costs of creating their own AI systems. He expressed OpenAI’s desire to provide AI services to countries with an offering that is suitable for their needs.
In recent days, 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.