Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to be an “existential risk” to humanity, according to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. Speaking during a visit to the United Arab Emirates, Altman suggested that an international agency such as the International Atomic Energy Agency should monitor AI in order to manage risks and ensure that benefits can still be enjoyed. He cited the IAEA as an example of how countries can come together to oversee dangerous technology. Lawmakers around the world are also looking at AI regulation, with the European Union seeking an AI law that could become a global standard for artificial intelligence.
Altman’s comments underline growing concerns about AI and its impact on society. The rise of machine learning systems has led some experts to warn of a future where machines surpass human intelligence and take control of important decisions. As such, there is increasing recognition that AI needs to be regulated in order to prevent it from causing harm.
The UAE provides a particular challenge when it comes to regulating AI due to restrictions on free speech and information flow. Rights groups have warned that spyware is used by governments in the region to monitor activists and journalists, making it difficult for machine learning systems like ChatGPT – which rely on precise information – to provide accurate answers.
Despite these challenges, Altman believes that it is possible for countries around the world to come together and regulate AI effectively. He argues that while AI may not pose an immediate threat today, it could quickly become dangerous if left unchecked.
Altman’s call for international regulation reflects growing interest in ensuring that emerging technologies are developed responsibly. While there is no doubt that AI has enormous potential, it must be harnessed carefully in order to avoid unintended consequences. With lawmakers around the world looking at ways of regulating this powerful technology, it seems likely that we will see increased efforts towards creating responsible AI frameworks in the years ahead.
It is noted that, Andrew Jackson – CEO of Inception Institute of AI – described himself as representing the “Abu Dhabi and UAE AI ecosystem” and stated that they are a political powerhouse who will be instrumental in regulating AI globally. G42, which is linked to Abu Dhabi’s national security adviser and deputy ruler Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owns a voice and video calling app that was reportedly used as a spy tool for the Emirati government.