Indonesia has granted its inaugural “Golden Visa” to Sam Altman, the Chief Executive of OpenAI, just one week after launching the program aimed at enticing foreign investments into Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
According to Silmy Karim, Indonesia’s director general of immigration, the Golden Visa program includes various categories beyond those tied to financial investments. One such category is the Golden Visa, which is bestowed upon individuals with a global reputation and the potential to contribute positively to Indonesia.
“Through the issuance of this Golden Visa, our aspiration is for Mr. Altman to play a pivotal role in advancing the development and utilization of AI technology within Indonesia,” stated Karim. Altman’s Golden Visa, valid for a duration of 10 years, provides him with several privileges, including expedited airport screening at various locations across Indonesia’s extensive archipelago, extended stay durations, and streamlined entry and exit procedures.
Earlier this year, Sam Altman, co-founder of OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, alongside Elon Musk, embarked on an extensive tour across major Asian cities, including Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, and Singapore.
ChatGPT, the AI chatbot, gained widespread recognition for its remarkable ability to generate responses that closely resemble human conversation. Remarkably, within just two months of its launch, it garnered a staggering 100 million users.
In a recent open letter, Altman and fellow tech leaders issued a stark warning, emphasizing that AI carries risks to humanity comparable to those posed by nuclear warfare. They called for global attention to mitigating these risks, underscoring the urgency of the matter.