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Israel’s Netanyahu calls Elon Musk, Sam Altman, pledges national AI strategy

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is currently visiting Israel where he met with President Isaac Herzog but only held a phone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Sam Altman, US entrepreneur, investor, programmer, and founder and CEO of artificial intelligence company OpenAI, speaks at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv on June 5, 2023. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP) (Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Monday to develop a national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy after speaking to Twitter and SpaceX owner Elon Musk as well as OpenAI CEO Sam Altman who is visiting Israel.

In a series of tweets via his official Twitter account, Netanyahu said he spoke with Musk about the "possibilities and the dangers posed by AI" and how Israel can become a "significant factor in the field."

Netanyahu also said he spoke to Altman about AI. He pledged to convene teams "in the coming days" to discuss a national AI strategy for both civil and security purposes.

"The same way we turned Israel into a cyber powerhouse, this is what we will do with AI," said Netanyahu. 

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