OpenAI CEO sam Altman, who is visiting Tokyo, Japan, said today that the trip around the world made him “very optimistic” about the prospects for coordinated global cooperation on artificial intelligence (AI), Reuters reported.
As previously reported, Altman, fresh from a visit to European Union leaders and lawmakers, visited Israel, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, India, South Korea and other countries and regions last week, and will follow his visit to Japan with trips to Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.
In a conversation with Japanese university students today, Alterman said, “When I started this trip, I had doubts about whether it would be possible in the short term to bring about global cooperation (in AI) to reduce the risk to human existence, but now as the trip draws to a close, I feel very optimistic that we can accomplish (this coordinated cooperation). ”
Japan has been seen as a laggard in AI services, despite its manufacturing giants’ considerable investment in automation technology. Still, Altmann emphasized in today’s conversation, “Humans and machines have a long history of working together here [in Japan].”
Altmann visited Japan in April and met with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to inform him of his intention to open an OpenAI office in Japan. In response, he said today that “all conversations are going well,” but he did not provide further details.