In a virtual appearance at the World Governments Summit, Sam Altman of OpenAI spoke to the AI minister in the United Arab Emirates about the country’s potential to become the world’s regulatory sandbox for artificial intelligence technologies. This would allow the UAE to test AI technologies and eventually develop global regulations for their use. Altman emphasized the need for a controlled environment for experimentation and the gathering of evidence to inform future regulations.
Altman also stressed the need for unified global policy to regulate the future advancements in AI, mentioning that the UAE is well-positioned to be a leader in these discussions. He is currently seeking investors in the Middle East for a semiconductor initiative to advance AI, which comes as the UAE has heavily invested in the technology.
Concerns about the UAE’s ties to China have been raised in the United States. G42, an Emirati AI company controlled by UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has partnerships with OpenAI, Microsoft Corp., and Cerebras Systems Inc. The company announced plans to scale back its presence in China in order to comply with Washington’s demands.
During his remarks, Altman also mentioned OpenAI’s plans to open-source additional large-language models developed by the company. Additionally, OpenAI plans to develop tools for poorer nations that cannot afford to develop their own AI systems, in an effort to make AI services accessible to a wider range of countries.