OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has warned that his company, responsible for developing the ChatGPT artificial intelligence chatbox, might consider leaving Europe if it cannot comply with 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 implementing generative artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT will be required to disclose any copyrighted material used to develop their systems.
Before considering pulling out, OpenAI will try to comply with regulation in Europe when it is established, Altman said at an event in London on Wednesday. "The current draft of the EU AI Law would be over-regulating, but we have heard that it is going to be withdrawn," he told Reuters. "They're still talking about it."
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 refine the last details of the bill.
"There are a lot of things that could be done like changing 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.