Israel will play a “huge role” in mitigating threats from artificial intelligence, according to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, even as the nation disputes whether and how to regulate the technology that powers ChatGPT.
He is one of the most well-known advocates for governments to swiftly create legislation to ensure AI is utilised properly in the IT world.
Last month, OpenAI CEO Altman traveled across Europe, engaging with lawmakers and national leaders to discuss the opportunities and risks of AI. Now, his upcoming plans include visiting Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, India, and South Korea, all within this week.
Currently in Israel, a Stanford University study ranks the country among the top five nations for significant machine learning systems and AI expertise concentration.
meeting with Israeli President Isaac Herzog
Altman expressed his positive outlook during a meeting with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, highlighting the thoughtful approach and urgency world leaders are demonstrating in addressing the substantial risks associated with AI.
He also praised Israel’s potential in playing a significant role in harnessing the benefits of this technology.
The exponential growth and popularity of generative AI, particularly since the launch of Microsoft-backed ChatGPT by OpenAI, have prompted global lawmakers to develop regulations addressing safety concerns tied to AI.
The European Union is leading the way with its draft AI Act, anticipated to become law later this year. Meanwhile, the United States is considering adapting existing legislation rather than creating entirely new laws specific to AI. Similarly, Britain aims to avoid restrictive regulations that could hinder innovation
According to Ziv Katzir, the director of national AI planning at the Israel Innovation Authority, Israel, like Britain and Canada, leans toward the U.S. approach. Over the past 18 months, Israel has been actively working to strike the right balance between innovation and protecting human rights and civic safeguards. In October, Israel published a 115-page draft AI policy and is currently gathering public feedback in preparation for a final decision.