The US company responsible for ChatGPT has announced that it will establish its first international office in London. OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, expressed excitement about the opportunity to attract top-tier talent in the city. This decision comes in the wake of Altman’s criticism of the European Union’s proposed regulations on artificial intelligence, which would require companies to disclose the training data used in their systems. In contrast, the UK is developing what it calls “pro-innovation” regulations.
Diane Yoon, OpenAI’s VP of People, expressed enthusiasm about expanding their research and development presence in London, a city renowned for its vibrant culture and exceptional talent pool. The company aims to assemble dynamic teams in research and engineering to further their efforts in creating and promoting safe AI.
Since its introduction in November, ChatGPT has generated significant global interest due to its ability to provide human-like responses to questions. This breakthrough has sparked discussions about the potential threats posed by AI and the need for regulations to mitigate those risks. During a May event at University College London, Altman expressed his belief that AI could create job opportunities and reduce inequality. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also highlighted the positive impact AI could have on humanity and its potential to enhance public services.
ChatGPT has faced controversy, including a temporary ban in Italy before being reinstated in April 2023. The UK government has invested £2.5 billion in AI since 2014, demonstrating its commitment to advancing this field. The BBC has reached out to the Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology for a comment on this development.