OpenAI co-founder and CEO Sam Altman said after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on April 10, local time, that the company is considering setting up an office in Japan and expanding its Japanese language services.
Altman said at the press conference, “We want more time to engage with talent and build great products for Japan …… It’s really amazing to see Japan adopting this technology.”
Altman and Fumio Kishida discussed the potential of ChatGPT, a chatbot introduced by OpenAI, and how to prevent it from causing undesirable effects. They also talked about how to ensure that AI is beneficial to humans and how to deal with possible risks.
This follows the announcement on March 31 that Italy had banned ChatGPT and restricted its development company, OpenAI, from processing information from Italian users. Subsequently, a number of countries, including Germany, France and Ireland, have also said they are considering “banning” the technology.
The Japanese government has expressed concern and said it will evaluate whether to use AI to reduce the workload of civil servants, while OpenAI last week published an article describing its approach and strategy for AI security and expressed its willingness to work with countries like Italy to address their concerns.