Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier today and described their conversation as enjoyable and insightful, particularly noting Modi’s enthusiasm for artificial intelligence (AI).
What Happened? This meeting took place at a time when India is drafting the upcoming Digital India Bill to regulate AI – which follows an approach that differs from Altman’s views on regulation.
As noted in a Moneycontrol report, during the Digital India Dialogues, Altman praised Modi’s thoughtful understanding of AI’s benefits. They discussed why India had so quickly and widely adopted ChatGPT, OpenAI’s chatbot – a phenomenon Altman found fascinating.
The OpenAI CEO also outlined their discussions about the opportunities AI presents for India and the need for international regulation to prevent potential drawbacks. Altman lauded India’s embrace of ChatGPT, highlighting the country’s enthusiasm and early adoption.
Altman’s India visit is part of a global tour, with plans to meet other government officials and discuss the country’s flagship AI programme.
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Altman’s suggestion of an international authority for advanced AI regulation has been met with scepticism earlier from Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Information and Technology. He acknowledged Altman’s intelligence but maintained that India also has brilliant minds shaping its own AI regulation strategy.
Chandrasekhar is also expected to meet Altman later in the day so it’s likely that AI regulation will be discussed further.
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