Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, has suggested that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could be a global “regulatory sandbox” for AI technologies. During a virtual appearance at the World Governments Summit, Altman spoke to the UAE’s AI minister and proposed that the country 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, citing the UAE’s investments in AI and its key policy considerations. He believes that the UAE would be well-positioned to lead global discussions about regulating AI.
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 the UAE, there have been concerns raised in the United States due to the country’s connections to China. Notably, G42, an Emirati AI company, is adjusting its presence in China to comply with demands from the US.
Altman also mentioned 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.