During a virtual appearance at the World Governments Summit, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, proposed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could be a global “regulatory sandbox” for AI technologies. He sees the UAE as an ideal starting point for testing and developing rules to limit the use of AI around the world. Altman emphasized the need for a unified policy to regulate future advances in AI and believes that the UAE would be well-positioned to lead global discussions about it.
Altman’s comments 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 US due to its connections with China. Notably, G42, an Emirati AI company, has adjusted its presence in China to comply with US demands.
In addition to his plans for an AI semiconductor initiative, Altman also announced OpenAI’s plans to make additional large-language models (LLMs) open-source. LLMs are deep-learning AI algorithms that can recognize, summarize, translate, predict and generate large amounts of content. Altman also talked about developing tools for less affluent nations that cannot afford high costs of developing their own AI systems. He expressed his desire to create offerings that make sense for these countries and enable them to access AI services.
The idea of using the UAE as a regulatory sandbox for new technologies is not new and has been explored by other countries as well. However, if successful, this approach could help set standards and guidelines for how these technologies should be regulated globally.
Overall, Sam Altman’s comments suggest that while there is still much work to be done in regulating emerging technologies like AI