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After Sam Altman completes his world tour in search of expanding its office and talking about AI all over the world, OpenAI today announced that it has decided to open an office in London. This is the first corporate office outside the US.
OpenAI announced in a blog post its intention to hire individuals for research, engineering, and business roles in London, a city that Altman praised for its exceptional talent pool. It is worth noting that DeepMind, a research lab that spearheads AI strategy for Alphabet Inc.’s Google and serves as one of OpenAI’s main competitors, is also situated in London.
Altman, while expressing OpenAI’s vision towards building AGI, said, “we see this expansion as an opportunity to attract world-class talent and drive innovation in AGI development and policy.”
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The company based in San Francisco has been actively recruiting new employees in order to monetize its expensive AI research. Altman has expressed interest in opening a European office, considering countries like Poland, France, and the UK as potential options. This decision comes at a time when the UK and France are competing to establish themselves as the leading tech hub in Europe. Mistral AI, a startup coming up to compete with OpenAI, is also based in Europe in Paris.
During his visit to London, Altman had a meeting with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. He also criticised the European Union’s approach to regulating AI, initially suggesting that OpenAI might stop operating in the region if they were unable to comply with upcoming regulations, although he later retracted his statement.
In recent news, Altman had also shown interest in building its own marketplace for AI models that are built on its technology. Moreover, the company has also announced that it is integrating ChatGPT’s iOS app with Bing.