OpenAI CEO Sam Altman predicts a “huge role” for Israel in mitigating risks associated with artificial intelligence (AI), despite the country still debating how best to regulate the technology. Altman has been meeting with world leaders to discuss the prospects and threats of AI, and is currently in Israel, which is ranked among the top five countries for machine learning systems and concentration of AI skills. The rapid development and popularity of generative AI has spurred global lawmakers to formulate laws to address safety concerns. Israel published a draft AI policy in October and is collating public feedback ahead of a final decision.
As seen in the coverage by OpenAI Chief Executive Sam Altman, Israel will play a “huge role” in reducing the risks associated with artificial intelligence (AI). Altman is one of the most prominent voices in the tech world urging governments to quickly come up with regulations to ensure that AI is used responsibly.
Altman recently traveled across Europe to discuss the prospects and threats of AI with lawmakers and national leaders. He plans to continue his tour in Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, India, and South Korea this week. Currently, he is in Israel, which ranks among the top five countries for significant machine learning systems and concentration of AI skills, As seen in the coverage by a Stanford University study.
During a meeting with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Altman expressed his optimism about the thoughtfulness, focus, and urgency of world leaders in mitigating the risks associated with AI. “The energy on making use of the technology and its positive benefits is fantastic to see, and I am sure Israel will play a huge role,” he said.
The rapid development and popularity of generative AI since Microsoft-backed OpenAI launched ChatGPT last year are spurring global lawmakers to formulate laws to address safety concerns linked to the technology. The European Union is ahead with its draft AI Act, expected to become law later this year, while the United States is leaning toward adapting existing laws for AI rather than creating whole new legislation.
As seen in the coverage by Ziv Katzir, director of national AI planning at the Israel Innovation Authority, Israel is at the U.S. end of the spectrum, like Britain and Canada. Israel has been working on the matter for the last 18 months, with a view to achieving the right balance between innovation and the preservation of human rights and civic safeguards. Israel published a 115-page draft AI policy in October and is collecting public feedback before making a final decision.
Altman’s visit to Israel highlights the country’s potential to play a significant role in mitigating the risks associated with AI. With its concentration of AI skills and focus on innovation, Israel can contribute to the development of responsible AI regulations that balance innovation and human rights. As AI continues to evolve and become more widespread, it is crucial for governments worldwide to work together to ensure that it is used ethically and responsibly.
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