China Leads World in AI

| October 12, 2021 | 14 Comments

From a slow start 20 years ago, China has surged to rapidly catch up to the US in Artificial Intelligence (AI). From a research perspective, China has indeed become a world leader in AI publications and patents.

Some are saying China has already won the AI war.

LC sends.

China has won AI battle with U.S., Pentagon’s ex-software chief says

China has won the artificial intelligence battle with the United States and is heading towards global dominance because of its technological advances, the Pentagon’s former software chief told the Financial Times.

China, the world’s second largest economy, is likely to dominate many of the key emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and genetics within a decade or so, according to Western intelligence assessments.

Nicolas Chaillan, the Pentagon’s first chief software officer who resigned in protest against the slow pace of technological transformation in the U.S. military, said the failure to respond was putting the United States at risk.

“We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years. Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over in my opinion,” he told the newspaper. “Whether it takes a war or not is kind of anecdotal.”

Mr. Chaillan has an impressive crystal ball. Is he right? Some perspective helps.

AI is a different animal from other technologies due to its ‘open science’ nature, so much of the essential research on algorithms have become public knowledge- easily accessible. Technical maturity comes from users generating data and refining the product based on what is learned from that data.

Also, published research papers make it easy to reverse engineer AI code and implement it. China excels at this, among even more egregious ethics violations.

So is it game over for the US, as Mr. Chaillan opines? I rather doubt it. No one can predict what advances may come in the next 20 years. China’s current AI surge is buoyed by its abundant computer science and engineering talent, but on the backs of the real innovators.

Thanks, LC.

Reuters

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  1. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Theft versus innovation is hardly a valid comparison, also other nations should carefully consider what partnerships with China will actually mean for the sovereignty of their nations in the future. Especially poorer third world partners, being partners with China is a lot like being partners with the mob….sure they keep the competition off your back, but the cost gets oppressive after a while and eventually you have to burn it to the ground and collect the insurance.

    • 5JC says:

      In the ten ring right there. If I go to China and steal all their stolen AI products does that make me a world leader?

      The only advantage China has is that since it is all government driven they can compile data more quickly in one spot.

  2. KoB says:

    Anybody that thinks that the Chinese Communists don’t have world domination as their goal hasn’t been listening to what the Chinese Communists themselves have been saying. IT IS THEIR GOAL. The Chinese Communists haven’t really had to steal our initial advances into any type of technology, we’ve had our “own people” sell it to them. And now, we have “our people” that will just give technology to them.

    Just gonna get worse.

  3. Sparks says:

    And all of this just went right over our current administration’s heads.

    WOOSH! “Hey, what was that? Well, Mr. President, all members of Congress and you Pentagon folks, that noise was China using everything they could steal or buy to set us back to pre-Y2K.”

    My thoughts are, first, stop publishing new and improved science for the sake of name-fame and think of our nation or your nation first. Second, set up a way to peer review publications of new technologies that are not open source. Once our cyber guys have a chance to look at it and say yea, good to go or, nay, the Chinese and everyone else is going to run away with it. Let’s use it to our advantage first and others, if at all.

  4. David says:

    Worked with Chinese off and on for decades. Lousy innovators, will manufacture to whatever quality standards you are willing to pay for, and for IP? Greatest thieves on the planet.

  5. SFC D says:

    They need to stop by D.C. and upgrade Biden 2.0. There’s some kind of glitch.

  6. steeleyI says:

    It’s not so much the technology itself, It’s what the Chinese are willing to do with AI; how they will apply it in conflict.

    As Americans we won’t even use the most rudimentary, binary form of AI weapon (the land mine). Do you think the Chinese will hesitate to enable their weapons with AI? What happens when the Chinese Killer Robots destroy our Killer Robots?

    Combine AI with drone swarms and hypersonic weapons, and no human can think and decide, much less act, fast enough. Our sensors will be overwhelmed or jammed, and the LT on the bridge will reach decision saturation within seconds.

    • Poetrooper says:

      The US is losing to the Chinese the same way conservative Americans are losing to the Left. Both the Chinese and the Left have successfully embedded themselves in our principal Western societal institutions in myriad ways, slowly but inexorably taking control and turning them against us.

      And all we do in response is whine, “We need to do something,” and let them continue.

      Ol’ Poe weeps…

  7. SgtBob says:

    Guess: China’s lead in AI is the same as JFK’s 1960 campaign on the USSR-USA missile gap. As soon as JFK was inaugurated, the missile gap disappeared. Never existed.

  8. Old tanker says:

    AI or not the only thing our “administration” is going to be concerned with is if it is “woke”.

  9. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight says:

    I will LMFAO if China suddenly starts losing communications due to a self aware rogue AI.

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