ChatGPT: Sam Altman now says he has no plans to leave Europe

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OpenAI, which owns ChatGPT, has no plans to leave Europe, its CEO said on Friday. sam altmann. Earlier this week he threatened to leave the region if it becomes too difficult to comply with upcoming artificial intelligence laws.

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The European Union is working on what could be the world’s first set of rules to govern AI. Altman had said on Wednesday that the current draft of the AI ​​law of the EU was “over-regulating”.

“We are excited to continue operating here and, of course, we have no intention of leavingAltman said in a tweet on Friday. His threat to leave Europe has drawn criticism from European industry chief Thierry Breton and a host of other lawmakers.

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Altman spent the past week touring Europe, meeting top politicians from France, Spain, Poland, Germany and Great Britain to discuss the future of AI and the progress of ChatGPT. After the meetings, he tweeted confirmation that the company would stay.

The CEO of the hottest technology company of the moment described his tour as a “very productive week of conversations in Europe on how to best tune the AI”.

OpenAI has come under fire for not disclosing training data for its latest GPT-4 AI model. The company had sued a “competitive landscape and security implications” for not revealing the details.

Clash with the regulators

Altman, in a speech in Paris.  photo by AFP

Altman, in a speech in Paris. photo by AFP

EU lawmakers agreed to the bill earlier this month. Member States, the European Commission and the Parliament will discuss the details final invoice within this year.

The AI-powered ChatGPT chatbot, backed by Microsoft following a multi-million dollar ($10 billion) deal, has created new possibilities around AI, and fears about its potential have sparked excitement and alarm, putting it in conflict with regulators.

In reaction to Altman’s tweet on Friday, Dutch MEP Kim van Sparrentak, who worked closely on the draft AI rules, told Reuters that she and her colleagues face under pressure from tech companies.

“I hope we will stand firm and ensure these companies have clear obligations around transparency, safety and environmental standards,” he said.

“Voluntary codes of conduct are not the European way”.

The controversy

OpenAI was co-founded by Altman and Musk, but Musk dropped out of the project.  Reuters photo

OpenAI was co-founded by Altman and Musk, but Musk dropped out of the project. Reuters photo

OpenAI first clashed with regulators in March when Italy’s data regulator Garante shut down the app nationwide, accusing OpenAI of violating European privacy rules. the chatbot back online after the company instituted new privacy measures for users.

German MEP Sergey Lagodinsky, who also worked on the AI ​​bill, told Reuters: ‘I’m glad we don’t have to talk the language of threats and ultimatums”.

“We all have common challenges, but the European Parliament it is an ally of artificial intelligence, not an enemy.

OpenAI said Thursday it would award 10 matching grants from a million-dollar fund for experiments to determine how AI software should be governed, and Altman called those grants “how to decide democratically on the behavior of artificial intelligence systems”.

Source: Clarin

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