ChatGPT maker drops threat to leave EU over AI law

  • By Shiona McCallum and Chris Vallance
  • Technology Journalists

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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman

The boss of the company behind ChatGPT said he has no plans to leave Europe.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman backed down from a threat he made earlier this week to quit the bloc if it became too difficult to comply with upcoming artificial intelligence (AI) laws.

But he backtracked after widespread coverage of his comments.

“We are delighted to continue operating here and of course have no plans to leave,” he tweeted.

The proposed law could require generative AI companies to reveal what copyrighted material was used to train their systems to create text and images.

Many in the creative industries accuse AI companies of using the work of artists, musicians and actors to train systems to mimic their work.

But Mr. Altman worries that it is technically impossible for OpenAI to comply with some of the AI ​​law’s security and transparency requirements, according to Time magazine.

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A protester in front of the UCL, where Sam Altman was speaking

Speaking at an event at University College London on Wednesday, Altman added that he was optimistic that AI could create more jobs and reduce inequality.

He also met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and heads of AI companies DeepMind and Anthropic to discuss the risks of technology – from misinformation to national security and even “existential threats” – and voluntary actions and regulations necessary to manage them.

But Mr Sunak said AI could ‘positively transform humanity’ and ‘deliver better outcomes for the British public, with emerging opportunities in a range of areas to improve public services’.

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AI bosses met the Prime Minister at No 10

At the G7 summit in Hiroshima, leaders from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada agreed that creating “worthy” AI of trust” must be “an international company”.

And before any EU legislation comes into force, the European Commission aims to develop an AI pact with Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

International cooperation is key to regulating AI, according to European industry chief Thierry Breton, who met with Google chief executive Sundar Pichai in Brussels.

“Sundar and I agreed that we could not afford to wait for AI regulations to actually become enforceable – and to work with all AI developers to already develop an AI pact on a voluntary basis. before the legal deadline,” Mr Breton said.

Silicon Valley veteran, author and O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly said the best start would be to mandate transparency and create regulatory institutions to enforce accountability.

“The alarmism of AI, combined with its regulatory complexity, could lead to analysis paralysis,” he said.

“Companies building advanced AI should work together to formulate a comprehensive set of metrics that can be regularly and consistently communicated to regulators and the public, as well as a process for updating those metrics as new emerging best practices.”

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