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Open AI's Tour Highlights: Tech, Regulation, and IP in South Korea

Source: Ministry of SME and Startups

Why it matters: Open AI, a significant player in artificial intelligence, is currently on a global tour. One of the stops on the tour was South Korea, known for its impressive tech infrastructure and innovative tech companies, on June 9.

Key Points:

  • The visit to South Korea included sessions hosted by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups. The sessions provided a comprehensive overview of the AI ecosystem, including regulatory challenges and potential growth areas.

  • Open AI expressed interest in South Korean technology companies, from large corporations such as Samsung, LG, and Naver to emerging startups, particularly in semiconductors.

  • Open AI co-founder Sam Altman expressed interest in further collaboration and investment in Korea's technology landscape while noting that the OpenAI Venture Fund's potential investments in various sectors are still under consideration.

  • The Open AI team discussed the development of its fifth-generation technology, GPT-5, and acknowledged recent data security challenges, hinting at a potential partnership with Microsoft Azure to improve compliance.

The Big Picture: The Open AI tour went beyond the technology to include the regulatory environment surrounding AI.

The Open AI team emphasized the importance of effectively managing AI tools like ChatGPT, recognizing the power and potential risks associated with such tools.

They noted the need for regulations specific to different domains and emphasized the critical role of government in shaping such regulations.

Intellectual property rights were also discussed as an area that needs more attention.

Open AI, in the process of establishing an office in Tokyo, Japan, sees potential opportunities in South Korea that align with its mission to use AI for positive change.

As the tour continues, those in the AI sector are closely following the discussions and subsequent actions that will influence the future trajectory of AI technology.