Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, traveled to India earlier this month to meet with the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, and other industry leaders to discuss the future of AI.
However, the creator of ChatGPT also came under fire for his remarks about India’s capacity to produce something akin to the ground-breaking AI chatbot. Later, Altman explained his position, claiming that the question posed to him was inappropriate. Anand Mahindra has since added to his defense of the OpenAI CEO, claiming that he was misunderstood.
Anand Mahindra said in a tweet that he recently visited the Tech Handshake event at the White House and met OpenAI CEO Sam Altman there. He claimed that Altman’s remarks about India developing ChatGPT-like technologies were misinterpreted, and he added that he has no doubts about India’s potential. He also made reference to CP Gurnani, CEO of Tech Mahindra, who tweeted that he had “accepted” Sam Altman’s challenge.
“The Tech Handshake meeting this morning at the White House was refreshingly frank, thanks to the direction of Gina Raimondo. My optimism about closer technology cooperation is because mutual benefit is now involved rather than just a one-way request from India. On the sidelines of the meeting, I caught up with Sam Altman about the ‘challenge’ that CP Gurnani had accepted. Sam reiterated that he’d been misunderstood. He’s far from skeptical about Indian abilities,” Anand Mahindra tweeted.
When Tech Mahindra CEO CP Gurnani interpreted Altman’s statement as a “challenge,” the conversation attracted even more attention. “OpenAI founder Sam Altman said it’s pretty hopeless for Indian companies to try and compete with them,” he commented on Twitter after sharing the video. “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED,” he added.