Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, recently proposed 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 emphasized the need for a unified policy to regulate future advances in AI. 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.
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 are capable of recognizing, summarizing, translating, predicting, and generating large amounts of content. He also talked about developing tools for less affluent nations that are unable to afford the high costs of developing their own AI systems. Altman expressed the desire to have offerings that make sense for these countries, enabling them to access AI services.
Despite the UAE’s significant investments in AI, there have been concerns raised in the United States due to 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 is currently seeking investors in the Middle East to support an AI semiconductor initiative.