OpenAI chief downplays fears ChatGPT maker may abandon Europe over AI rules – trendswire
Altman is traveling through Europe as part of a world tour to meet with officials and promote his AI company, which has sparked a worldwide frenzy.
At a stop this week in London, he said OpenAI could go if the artificial intelligence rules being drawn up by the EU are too strict. That prompted a social media response from European Commissioner Thierry Breton, accusing the company of blackmail.
Breton, who is in charge of digital policy, linked to a Financial Times article citing altman saying that OpenAI “will try to comply, but if we can’t comply, we will stop operating.”
Altman sought to calm the dust a day later, tweeting: “Very productive week of conversations in Europe on how to better regulate AI! we are excited to continue operating here and of course we have no plans to leave.”
The European Union is at the forefront of global efforts to craft guardrails for artificial intelligence, with its AI Law in the final stages after years of work.
The rapid rise of general-purpose AI chatbots like ChatGPT caught EU officials by surprise, and they rushed to add provisions covering so-called generative AI systems, which can produce convincing conversational responses, essays, images and more. human-like in response to user questions
“There is no point in trying to blackmail, claiming that by creating a clear framework, Europe is delaying the release of generative #AI,” Breton said in his tweet. He added that the EU aims to “assist companies in their preparation” for the AI Law.
Altman tweeted that his European tour includes Warsaw, Poland; Munich, Germany; Paris; Madrid; Lisbon Portugal; and London. Brussels, headquarters of the European Union, has not been mentioned.
He has met world leaders, including the British Prime Minister. Rishi SunakFrench President Emmanuel Macron, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Tech bosses have waded into the debate over whether and how to regulate artificial intelligence.
Microsoft Chairman Brad Smith unveiled a blueprint for the public governance of AI on Thursday.
Altman told lawmakers in Congress this month that AI should be regulated by a US or global agency because increasingly powerful systems will need government intervention to reduce their risks.
Altman was harassed by students when he appeared at a “fireside chat” at University College London on Wednesday.
He told the audience that the “correct answer” to regulate AI is “probably somewhere between the traditional European, UK approach and the traditional US approach.”
“I think you really don’t want to overregulate this before you know what shape the technology will take,” Altman said.
There is still the possibility of creating “some kind of global set of standards and compliance,” he said, adding that AI regulation has been a “recurring theme” on his world tour, which has also included stops in Toronto, Rio de Janeiro and Lagos, Nigeria.