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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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.

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...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."

China was set to dominate the future of the world, controlling everything from media narratives to geopolitics, he said....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-20 01:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Another view...

Maybe losing the AI race to China isn't such a bad idea
www.vox.com

...The Pentagon's first-ever chief software officer abruptly quit earlier this month, and now we know exactly why: Nicolas Chaillan, former CSO of the United States Air Force and Space Force, told the Financial Times that the United States has "no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years" when it comes to cyberwarfare and artificial intelligence.

Chaillan, a 37-year-old tech entrepreneur, added that cyber defenses at many government agencies are at "kindergarten level," and that companies like Google were doing the US a disservice by not working with the military more on AI, since Chinese companies were making a "massive investment" in AI without getting all hung up on the ethics of it all. And while quitting your job because America has already lost the AI race is a bit dramatic, Chaillan isn't the only one who's concerned about China's dominance in this arena.

A growing number of leaders in Washington and Silicon Valley are worried about the US falling behind in the race to AI supremacy....

We can all agree that nobody wants China to invent a real-world version of Skynet, the all-powerful AI that takes over the planet in the Terminator movies. But we don't want the US to do that either. And what does the finish line in this AI race actually look like? Does the US really want to win at all costs?...


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-20 01:17 PM | Reply

Yet another view...

Absolutely Not True': Army CIO Answers Claim US Has Already Lost To China In AI
breakingdefense.com

..."If you looked at both what we have in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, across the federal government and our industrial partners, we have the best AI technology," Army CIO Ray Iyer said.

"It's absolutely not true," the Army CIO, Raj Iyer, said, rejecting Chaillan's assessment.

He pointed to the Pentagon's "tight integration" with industry and "our coalition partners." The US and its partners share "trade intelligence information and other things," helping both sides.

"I can tell you the Chinese don't have that. They're operating in a vacuum, and they're relying on nefarious methods and cyberattacks to be able to get to, you know, what they think they know that we have," he said.

There is one area where Iyer said the Chinese do excel in: the actual use of AI. "They do a really good job of maintaining control people using AI. Obviously, we don't do that in United States, but if you looked at both what we have in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, across the federal government and our industrial partners, we have the best AI technology."...



#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-20 01:19 PM | Reply

I have yet to see a case of either AI or machine learning implemented that isn't more than elaborate if-then-else statements with saved variables of previous user interactions/preferences.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-20 02:08 PM | Reply

#4 tell me you don't get machine learning without saying you don't get it.

#5 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2021-10-21 01:18 PM | Reply

tell me you don't get machine learning without saying you don't get it. #5 | POSTED BY KWRX25

Yeah it's definitely a blindspot in my technical knowledge.

A lot of the topical buzzwords in the industry wear on me and I tune out.

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-21 11:01 PM | Reply

@#6 ... A lot of the topical buzzwords in the industry ...

AI is one of the most over-hyped buzzwords to come along in a long time. It is right up there with, probably exceeding, "client-server computing" of the 1980's.

And that's the problem, as your comment notes. The level of hype causes many people to just tune it out.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-22 10:24 AM | Reply

Still another article...

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.
www.axios.com

...U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors...

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-22 12:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER
Exactly, and sometimes extra words are added on top to make the sentence an extra absurd combination. I read a great one earlier today:

Policy/Academia: "We need zero trust and next-gen quantum blockchain AI to solve cybersecurity!"
Asset Owner: "Can I get an IT person?"

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-22 05:26 PM | Reply

It is right up there with, probably exceeding, "client-server computing" of the 1980's.

Client-server computing eventually worked out!

#10 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-10-22 05:27 PM | Reply

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