The CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI said a tour of capital cities had left him “quite optimistic” about prospects for global coordination on artificial intelligence.
OpenAI’s public face Sam Altman has been on a whirlwind tour looking to capitalize on interest in generative AI and exert influence on the regulation of the burgeoning technology.
“I came to the trip … skeptical that it was going to be possible in the short term to get global cooperation to reduce existential risk but I am now wrapping up the trip feeling quite optimistic we can get it done,” Altman told students in Tokyo.
Regulators are currently struggling to adapt existing rules and create new guidelines to govern the use of generative AI.
Capable of creating text and images, generative AI is generating palpable excitement and fear about its potential to reshape a wide range of industries.
The European Union is moving ahead with its draft AI Act, which is expected to become law this year, while the United States is leaning toward adapting existing laws for AI rather than creating new legislation.
Saying he was considering opening an office in the country, Altman visited Japan in April, meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
“All of the conversations have progressed quite well,” Altman said on Monday without providing detail.
“There’s a long history of humans and machines working together here,” Altman said.
Altman is due to visit Singapore, Indonesia and Australia before returning to the U.S.