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CEO of OpenAI visits Israel this week

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, meets with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, June 5, 2023 (Photo: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

The CEO of OpenAI, the company that developed the ChatGPT chatbot, will be visiting Israel this week as part of the company’s global tour to meet with tech entrepreneurs, and artificial intelligence users, developers and policymakers.

Sam Altman, who heads the artificial intelligence company, will reportedly meet with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and is also slated to tour Microsoft Israel’s Research & Development Center and participate in a Tel Aviv University event during his visit.

Altman reportedly declined to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to the ongoing judicial reform controversy.

However, the Prime Minister’s Office denied the reports, arguing that "there was no formal request by it for a meeting with Sam Altman."

Israel’s high-tech sector, known globally as the Start-Up Nation, has increasingly warned that the judicial reforms threaten its continued success by undermining the independence of fundamental institutions including a vibrant judiciary. 

"Visiting a startup company and talking about artificial intelligence will not conceal what this secretive government is trying to do to Israeli democracy," according to an official statement by the anti-government protest movement.

OpenAI was mentioned in a recent ALL ISRAEL NEWS op-ed describing the dangers of transhumanism doctrine, the “Singularity” and the destructive worldview that embraces a ‘digital god.’

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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