According to Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, China should have a major influence on the guardrails for artificial intelligence that are needed to guarantee the security of revolutionary new technologies. “The stakes for international cooperation have never been higher,” said Altman, speaking via video link on Saturday to a conference in Beijing.
Talent and capital are pouring into AI, a crucial field that could help define the escalating tech rivalry between the world’s two greatest economies in Silicon Valley as well as China. The development of the AI technology has also brought to light difficulties in government attempts to regulate the industry, which, according to China’s President Xi Jinping, needs more state control to reduce hazards to national security.
Altman, at the event organized by the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence, said, “China has some of the top AI expertise in the world, and fundamentally, given the challenges in resolving alignment for advanced AI systems, this requires the best minds from around the world.”
Since the academy has established a significant presence in the AI industry in China, Altman’s lecture at the Beijing conference was noteworthy in itself. Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, has mentioned this Chinese non-profit as one of the three leaders in AI innovation. It is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the nation and the municipal government of Beijing.
In China, where stringent data and censorship laws have long barred services from Western internet giants like Alphabet’s Google and Meta Platform’s Facebook, OpenAI’s ChatGPT is not yet accessible. Complex data and algorithm restrictions, according to experts, will also make it challenging for foreign corporations to advance AI in the nation.