ChatGPT CEO: OpenAI may leave the EU due to regulations

ChatGPT CEO: OpenAI may leave the EU due to regulations

SAN FRANCISCO, California: Sam Altman, CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, has said the company could consider leaving Europe if it could not comply with the EU’s expected rules on artificial intelligence.

The EU’s upcoming restrictions on AI, the first set of rules governing AI globally, may require companies developing generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, to disclose all copyrighted material used to develop their systems.

During an event in London this week, Altman said that before OpenAI considers pulling out, OpenAI will try to comply with regulations in Europe as they are set.

“The current draft of the EU’s AI law would be over-regulatory, but we have heard that it will be withdrawn. They are still talking about it,” he said.

MEPs, who agreed on the draft AI law earlier this month, will now debate it, with representatives of the Parliament, the Council and the Commission, to finalize the details of the bill.

“There’s so much they could do, like changing the definition of general purpose AI systems. There’s a lot of things that could be done,” Altman said, as quoted by Reuters.

A general AI system is a category proposed by lawmakers to account for AI tools with more than one application, such as generative AI models such as Microsoft-backed ChatGPT.