China Threatens U.S. Primacy in Artificial Intelligence
+ Michael Brown, director of the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit, said the United States is in a “superpower marathon with China” to acquire advanced technology.
+ There are already areas where Beijing is ahead, he said. These include facial recognition software, small drones, quantum communications, telecommunications, genetic data, cryptocurrency and more, according to his presentation slides.
It is a statement that has been broadcasted and heard around the world: China intends to be the global leader of artificial intelligence by 2030. The country is putting its money where its mouth is, officials and analysts say, and making investments in AI that could threaten the United States and erode Washington’s advantages in the technology.
+ Areas where China is challenging the United States’ lead include artificial intelligence, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, rocket launches, quantum computing, quantum sensing and supercomputing, according to his slides.
+ According to the Pentagon’s China military power report, Beijing is pursuing a whole-of-society effort to become the worldwide leader in AI, which includes designating certain private companies as “AI Champions” to emphasize research and development in specific dual-use technologies.
+ The People’s Liberation Army is shifting away from today’s “informatized” method of warfare and moving to “intelligentized” warfare, according to the report.
+ “PLA strategists broadly describe intelligentized warfare as the operationalization of artificial intelligence and its enabling technologies, such as cloud computing, big data analytics, quantum information and unmanned systems, for military applications,” the report said.
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