OpenAI CEO Sam Altman will join forces with key leadership from firms like Microsoft and Google this week as a secretive meeting of the business and political elite kickstarts in Lisbon, Portugal.
According to CNBC, Artificial intelligence will top the agenda as the ChatGPT chief meets with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, DeepMind head Demis Hassabis, and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the annual Bilderberg meeting.
The tech titans will be joined by political heavyweights including former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dymtro Kubela for a range of discussions spanning international relations, trade, energy and finance.
All in, around 130 participants from 23 countries are set to attend the private meeting — a similar number to previous years. Pfizer
CEO Albert Bourla, BP chief Bernard Looney, TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanne, investor Peter Theil and a number of EU politicians will also be there.
The three-day event, which this year runs from May 18 to 21, is shrouded in mystery, with clandestine talks held behind closed doors and subject to Chatham House rules, meaning the identity and affiliation of speakers must not be disclosed.
That has sparked conspiracy theories, similar to those leveled against high-level meetings like the World Economic Forum in Davos, by those who claim attendees are seeking to establish a “new world order.” However, the event’s organizers say that the discrete nature of the event is to allow for greater freedom of discussion.
Key topics up for discussion at this year’s meeting were published by its organizers Thursday, giving an insight into what it deems the most pressing issues in global affairs:
Industrial policy and trade
The talks come as the rollout of artificial intelligence tools such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard have added to mounting concerns around the rapid development of technology, with Altman called to testify before the U.S. Senate Tuesday.