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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman calls for global agency to regulate AI as he makes major warning

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman calls for global agency to regulate AI as he makes major warning

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has called for a global agency to be created to regulate artificial intelligence - which he believes could be capable of "significant global harm" in the "not-so-distant future".

The entrepreneur and investor is a leading figure in AI, having co-founded the organisation behind ChatGPT, but he's warned there could be a dark future ahead without an international agency to regulate the tech across the world.

Speaking on the 'All-In' podcast, he said: "I think there will come a time in the not-so-distant future, like we're not talking decades and decades from now, where frontier AI systems are capable of causing significant global harm."

Altman wants to see "an international agency looking at the most powerful systems and ensuring reasonable safety testing."

He added: "I'd be super nervous about regulatory overreach here. I think we get this wrong by doing way too much or a little too much. I think we can get this wrong by doing not enough."

And he believes legislation isn't enough after the Artificial Intelligence Act was passed, because AI is ever-evolving.

Altman said: "The reason I've pushed for an agency-based approach for kind of like the big-picture stuff and not like a write-it-in-law is in 12 months it will all be written wrong."

He believes AI should have a safety framework just like airplanes.

Altman added: "When like significant loss of human life is a serious possibility, like airplanes, or any number of other examples where I think we're happy to have some sort of testing framework.

"I don't think about an airplane when I get on it. I just assume it's going to be safe."

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