OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has said the ChatGPT maker may consider leaving Europe if it cannot comply with the upcoming European Union artificial intelligence (AI) regulations.
The EU is working on what could be the world's first set of rules to regulate AI. As part of the draft, companies using generative AI tools like ChatGPT will have to disclose any copyrighted material they used to develop their systems.
Before considering pulling out, OpenAI will try to comply with regulations in Europe when it is established, Altman said at an event in London. "The current draft of the EU AI Law would be overly regulatory, but we have heard that it is going to be withdrawn," he told Reuters. "They're still talking about it," he adds.
EU parliamentarians reached an agreement on the draft law earlier this month. Now it will be debated between the representatives of Parliament, the Council and the Commission to specify the final details of the bill. "They could do a lot of things, like change the definition of general-purpose AI systems," Altman said.
A general-purpose AI system is a category proposed by lawmakers to account for AI tools with more than one application, such as generative AI models like Microsoft-backed ChatGPT.
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