Sam Altman said Indians would fail at building ChatGPT, Reliance boss Mukesh Ambani says challenge accepted


AUGUST 28, 2023

Two months ago, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI and a key man behind ChatGPT, said that Indians could try to create something like ChatGPT AI system but it would be futile. On Monday, speaking at the 46th Reliance Annual General Meeting (AGM) event, the company Chairman – Mukesh Ambani – in a way accepted the challenge. Ambani announced that Jio would create new AI systems, similar to ChatGPT, for Indian users. “Jio promises AI to everyone, everywhere. And we shall deliver,” he said.

Altman recently made headlines in India by expressing his skepticism about the ability of the Indian tech sector to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) tool comparable to ChatGPT. During an event in India, Altman stated that such an attempt was “hopeless” and suggested that India would face substantial challenges in achieving this feat.

However, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and MD of Reliance Industries, has responded with a strong determination, asserting that India possesses the necessary resources and commitment to excel in AI.

“Looking ahead, Jio Platforms wants to lead the effort in developing India-specific AI models and AI-powered solutions across domains, thereby delivering the benefit of AI to Indian citizens, businesses and government alike,” said Ambani. “India has the scale. India has the data. India has the talent.”

Altman’s comments arose when he was questioned by Rajan Anandan, a prominent venture capitalist and former head of Google India. The ChatGPT creator went on to emphasize the near-impossible task of competing with OpenAI, declaring, “We will explicitly tell you that it’s completely hopeless to challenge us in training foundational models, and you shouldn’t even attempt it.” He acknowledged that while the odds of success were slim, the pursuit itself was essential.

Within Jio, preparations are underway to support talent and capabilities, enabling the rapid adoption of global AI innovations, particularly in Generative AI. Ambani revealed that Jio Platforms plans to lead in the development of India-specific AI models and AI-powered solutions across various domains, making the benefits of AI accessible to Indian citizens, businesses, and the government.

Ambani acknowledged India’s potential, underlining the nation’s scale, data abundance, and talent pool. However, he also emphasized the need for a “robust digital infrastructure” capable of handling the immense computational demands of AI. In response to this challenge, he said that RIL is committed to creating up to “2000 MW of AI-ready computing capacity,” encompassing both cloud and edge locations, while maintaining a commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.

“Seven years ago, Jio promised broadband connectivity to everyone, everywhere. We have delivered. Today, Jio promises AI to everyone, everywhere. And we shall deliver,” he said.

Courtesy/Source: TOI / PTI