OpenAI leader Sam Altman has stated that the UAE could serve as an effective “regulatory sandbox” for testing and developing global rules to limit the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. He believes that a contained environment is necessary to give people a glimpse of the future and allow them to experiment with AI.
Altman emphasized the need for unified policies to control advancements in AI, stating that the UAE is well-positioned to take a leading role in these discussions due to various reasons. While seeking investment in the Middle East for a semiconductor initiative aimed at advancing AI, he also acknowledged OpenAI’s plans to develop tools for poorer nations that cannot afford the massive costs of creating their own AI systems.
Recently, there have been concerns in the United States about the UAE’s ties to China, particularly in the field of AI. 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.