French President Emmanuel Macron met with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman in Paris on Monday to discuss the future of artificial intelligence. During the meeting, they discussed the potential economic and ethical challenges associated with AI, as well as the importance of international collaboration in order to ensure that AI is used responsibly.
Macron has spoken often about the importance of regulating AI, and he recently unveiled a plan to introduce a “universal digital identity” in France that would be used to secure and protect personal data. The president wants AI to be powered by “such a system in order to govern data and improve citizens’ trust in technology.” Altman is bullish on the potential of AI, but has also cautioned against businesses or governments that try to use it to gain an advantage over competitors or to create “immutable advantages” for themselves. The two also discussed how OpenAI could help France prepare for the future of artificial intelligence.