The artificial intelligence race with China
I am so old that I remember when the USSR’s launch of Sputnik, the first satellite humans put into orbit, triggered panic and the ensuing “space race,” in which massive sums of money and energy were devoted to making America the leader in space. We are now in the midst of a comparable science and technology contest with China to maintain leadership in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).
As with space, the strategic fruits of tech dominance can be decisive in geopolitics. The nation that claims decisive leadership may be able to maintain military and economic weaponry that assures global dominance.
But there is one key difference between the space race and the AI race. Not all of Americas leading universities and corporations in the field – the vehicles our economic system uses for cutting edge development — are playing on our team.
Gordon Chang has written an important article, published by the
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