OpenAI comes to Asia with new office in Tokyo

Published April 16, 2024
OPENAI’s chief operating officer Brad Lightcap addresses a press conference 
in Tokyo, on Monday.—AFP
OPENAI’s chief operating officer Brad Lightcap addresses a press conference in Tokyo, on Monday.—AFP

TOKYO: ChatGPT creator OpenAI opened a new office in Tokyo on Monday, the first Asian outpost for the groundbreaking tech company as it aims to ramp up its global expansion.

Thanks to the stratospheric success of its generative tools that can create text, images and even video, OpenAI has become a leader in the artificial intelligence revolution and one of the most significant tech companies in the world.

The Japan office is the latest part of the Microsoft-backed firm’s international push, having already set up bases in London and Dublin. “We’re excited to be in Japan which has a rich history of people and technology coming together to do more,” OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said in a statement.

“We believe AI will accelerate work by empowering people to be more creative and productive, while also delivering broad value to current and new industries that have yet to be imagined.”

OpenAI said its Japan office would bring it closer to enterprise clients — including global auto leader Toyota, tech conglomerate Rakuten and industrial giant Daikin — that are using its products “to automate complex business processes”.

“We chose Tokyo as our first Asian office for its global leadership in technology, culture of service, and a community that embraces innovation,” the company added.

Published in Dawn, April 16th, 2024

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