OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT, has confirmed its partnership with Dubai’s G42 to deliver innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to the United Arab Emirates.
The collaboration between the two firms will focus on generative AI services, with both entities mulling the possibilities of an expansion to other regional markets. G42 says it will integrate ChatGPT and other OpenAI products into the operations of its subsidiaries.
G42 is the holding company of several subsidiaries spanning healthcare finance, energy, and public services verticals. The partnership will see both firms explore how regional enterprises “can best leverage the power of generative AI in their specific use cases.”
“At the core of our mission lies the pursuit of AI as a transformative force for good, fueling innovation and progress,” said G42 CEO Peng Xiao. “Our partnership with OpenAI transcends technological synergy; it’s a convergence of value and vision.”
Achieving the partnership’s ambitions will not be a walk in the park as both firms underscore the importance of AI-ready infrastructure. To ease the transition, G42 says it will throw its weight behind expanding its AI infrastructure capacity, specifically designed to support OpenAI’s activities in the region.
Already, G42 has made significant strides toward integrating generative AI with its portfolio companies, displaying their capabilities in several key industries.
“Leveraging G42’s industry expertise, we aim to empower businesses and communities with effective solutions that resonate with the nuances of the region,” said OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. “This collaboration lays the foundation for equitable advancements in generative AI across the globe.”
For OpenAI, the partnership with G42 offers several benefits as the company faces a turbulent patch in its climb to the spotlight. OpenAI has met a barrage of regulatory trouble since the commercial release of ChatGPT and has been facing an uphill task of finding hardware to support its short-term growth objectives.
The partnership with G42 may earn it a few regulatory points in the UAE and the Middle East as it continues to shop for friendlier jurisdictions.
Middle East closing the AI gap
While Europe, China, and the U.S. have taken the lead in AI, the Middle East is keen on closing the gap. Saudi Arabia and the UAE reportedly splurged millions of dollars on NVIDIA‘s (NASDAQ: NVDA) latest range of AI chips to build their generative AI models. Still, concerns over their use for human rights violations continue to trail their foray.
Saudi Arabia partnered with a Chinese university to launch a generative AI offering trained primarily in Arabic, paying particular attention to the nuances of Arabic culture. Aside from AI, Middle Eastern nations are embracing other emerging technologies like Web3 to improve the state of cross-border payments and digital identity for residents.
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