The President of Israel met today (Monday) with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, who is visiting Israel. The company is behind the artificial intelligence software in question ChatGPT.
Israel Hayom previously reported that Altman refrained from meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu out of a desire to avoid getting into the political controversy surrounding the legal reform. Netanyahu's office claimed that no official request had been made to hold a meeting with the visiting director-general.
At the beginning of his remarks, the president said, "We are very excited that you are here. It is clear that Israel is a superpower in the technological sense, an innovation and a leading force in the field of artificial intelligence, which is why your visit here arouses such great interest in the country."
President Herzog meets with ChatGPT founder Sam Altman// Photo: Avi Kanner, Recorder: Ori Buzaglo
Herzog later told Altman: "I wrote down points for myself ahead of our meeting, and then I asked ChatGPT what I should talk about with Sam Altman – and the software recommended that I talk about morality, ethics and developing the partnership with Israel – and these are exactly the points I wrote, so I think it's definitely smart and sophisticated."
In addition, the president called on the CEO to take advantage of the groundbreaking technological capabilities in order to "repair the world together."
President Herzog and CEO Altman, Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO
Sam Altman thanked the President and said, "It is very special for me to visit Israel on a personal level. The tech and start-up community in Israel is amazing. The thought, focus, and urgency of understanding how to navigate the big risks of technology to enjoy its benefits is everyone's goal. The tech community here is amazing and I have been following the construction of technology here for many years for the betterment of humanity."
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