OpenAI’s Altman Calls For Global AI Coordination

OpenAI’s CEO said he is more confident about a worldwide effort to regulate artificial intelligence (AI).

Sam Altman has been on a global tour to drum up interest in his company’s generative AI technology, Reuters reported Monday (June 12).

“I came to the trip … skeptical that it was going to be possible in the short term to get global cooperation to reduce existential risk, but I am now wrapping up the trip feeling quite optimistic we can get it done,” Altman told students in Tokyo, per the report.

Altman’s comments came amid a global effort to create regulations to govern the use of generative AI, while also trying to capitalize on the technology’s growing reach.

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It was reported over the weekend that both the president of France and prime minister of the U.K. were promoting their countries as major players in the AI race.

At the same time, the “existential threat” Altman spoke of is something that’s been warned about by AI critics and Altman himself.

Late last month, OpenAI published a research paper designed to provide a strategy for dealing with AI “hallucinations,” the term for when the technology fabricates information entirely.

“Even state-of-the-art models still produce logical mistakes, often called hallucinations,” the paper stated. “Mitigating hallucinations is a critical step towards building aligned AGI (artificial general intelligence).”