Despite a sea of bans from various nations and uncertainties for the artificial intelligence (AI) company, Japan has shown support for OpenAI.
On Monday, April 10, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno stated that, provided privacy and cybersecurity concerns are addressed, Japan would consider incorporating AI technology into government systems, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot.
On March 31, Italy’s data protection watchdog temporarily blocked the chatbot and instructed OpenAI to immediately restrict the processing of data for Italian users while an investigation was underway.
Before meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman received remarks from top government spokesperson Matsuno during his visit to Japan. Matsuno stated that if privacy and cybersecurity concerns were addressed, the Japanese government would consider adopting OpenAI’s technology.
After the gathering with Kishida, Altman expressed that OpenAI is thinking about opening an office in Japan and broadening Japanese language administrations.
“We desire to invest substantially more energy and draw in with the awesome ability and construct something extraordinary for the Japanese public,” Altman told journalists in Tokyo Monday.
Altman spoke enthusiastically about working with Japan’s exceptional talent and creating something exceptional for the Japanese people at a press conference on Monday in Tokyo. “It really is amazing to see the adoption of this technology in Japan,” he added in amazement.
Altman claims that he and Kishida discussed the technology’s potential and potential solutions. They also deliberated on how to maximize the benefits of AI for people while remaining cautious about the risks.
Altman stated that OpenAI would work to improve the language and cultural nuances of Japanese for its models. He added, “We will return soon.”
OpenAI is under investigation by the privacy commissioner of Canada for allegedly collecting and using personal information without consent. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada made the announcement on April 4 that the investigation was launched following a complaint from an unidentified individual.
The head privacy commissioner, Philippe Dufresne, emphasized that his department is keeping a close eye on AI technology to safeguard Canadians’ privacy rights.