OpenAI, the organization behind ChatGPT and renowned for its advanced AI models, has entered into a strategic partnership with G42, a prominent technology conglomerate based in Abu Dhabi. The collaboration aims to drive the implementation of artificial intelligence across various sectors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Middle Eastern markets. While the financial terms of the deal remain undisclosed, it represents a pivotal step in enhancing the technology industry in the UAE.
G42, which has received backing from Mubadala, a sovereign wealth fund in Abu Dhabi, has been at the forefront of AI adoption in the UAE. In July, the company made headlines by unveiling the world’s largest supercomputer designed for AI training, developed in collaboration with the U.S.-based AI firm Cerebras Systems. This cutting-edge technology is poised to revolutionize AI research and development in the region.
Furthermore, the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) in Abu Dhabi contributed to the advancement of AI by making its Falcom 40B large language model (LLM) open source for both research and commercial purposes. This open-source initiative facilitates innovation and collaboration in the field of artificial intelligence, further propelling the UAE as a hub for AI research and development.
As part of this partnership, G42 is set to leverage OpenAI’s generative AI models in various domains, including financial services, energy, healthcare, and public services. These models are renowned for their capacity to generate human-like text and have numerous applications in automating tasks, enhancing customer experiences, and advancing research and analysis in multiple industries.
In a bid to bolster regional AI adoption, G42 will be utilizing Microsoft’s Azure data centers as an integral part of its AI infrastructure. Azure’s robust and scalable cloud computing services will provide the necessary support for the deployment and operation of AI solutions in the UAE and the broader Middle East region.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, during his AI “world tour,” visited Abu Dhabi in June. During this visit, he advocated for international regulation of AI developments, emphasizing the importance of ethical and responsible AI innovation. This collaboration with G42 signifies OpenAI’s commitment to fostering the responsible use of AI technologies and shaping the future of AI in the Middle East.