China, Russia, and the United States are engaged in a worldwide race to develop AI and define the future. How does each competitor stack up, and how is the race itself changing the stakes?
Elon Musk took to Twitter to respond to Putin’s comments about AI and world war, stating again that he believes we are more likely to see a world war arise as the US, Russia, and China all compete for AI superiority than from any other cause.
The U.S. holds an enviable lead in pushing artificial-intelligence technology out of labs and into real-world applications. Thank companies like Alphabet, Facebook and Apple for that.
AI technologies continue to advance in just about every technologically-linked sector. Mark Cuban thinks that if the US doesn’t ramp up its efforts, they’ll fall behind.
A new plan unveiled by the government reveals that China aims to be the global leader in AI by 2030. China is already well-situated globally in the realm of AI, along with other countries that are embracing and supporting the technology.
According to a report from the Financial Times, authorities are tapping on facial recognition tech, and combining that with predictive intelligence to notify police of potential criminals, based on their behaviour patterns.
Guangzhou-headquartered Cloud Walk has been trialing its facial recognition system that tracks a person’s movements. Based on where someone goes, and when, it hands them a rating of how at risk they are of committing a crime.
The nation is betting heavily on AI. Money is pouring in from China’s investors, big internet companies and its government, driven by a belief that the technology can remake entire sectors of the economy, as well as national security. A similar effort is underway in the U.S., but in this new global arms race, China has three advantages: A vast pool of engineers to write the software, a massive base of 751 million internet users to test it on, and most importantly staunch government support that includes handing over gobs of citizens’ data –- something that makes Western officials squirm.
A new report from Goldman Sachs shows China now has most of the resources, drive, and government support it needs to create an AI and machine learning powered intelligent economy, and become an AI world power.
Wired sat down for an exclusive interview. Lu offered up an eye-opening explanation of how Baidu stands to dominate AI in China. And most places in the world, Lu notes, have much more in common with the tiny homes of the Chinese than the sprawling North American McMansions. He believes that could be China’s biggest advantage in rolling out AI to global markets. Sure, America’s tech giants may have the lead in talent—for now—but Lu believes that Baidu has what it will take to conquer the world.
Restricting China from investing in US technology probably wouldn’t make much of a dent in the country’s progress—and could make America less competitive. America needs some kind of plan for how to support and benefit from artificial intelligence, but believing that limiting what Chinese investors do in Silicon Valley will slow down the country isn’t it.
The West shouldn’t fear China’s artificial-intelligence revolution. It should copy it.
Former Google CEO and current Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt said the U.S. would soon lose the AI race to China. A combination of restrictive immigration and lack of investment in AI is making it difficult for the U.S. to maintain its lead.
Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, spoke on Friday on the potential of leaders in AI to use the advanced technology to rule over the world.