China could have a significant advantage in a potential conflict if it develops artificial intelligence (AI) before the United States, a commission established to assess the threat China poses warned in its annual report Nov. 14. The commission, the U.S. - China Economic and Security Review Commission, warned that China is prioritizing the development of AI and that such technology could help the nation surpass the United States.
The Federal government is making strides on its goal to support and advance the research and development of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, according to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP’s) 2016-2019 Progress Report on Advancing Artificial Intelligence R&D, released today.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has generated increasing interest in “future of work” discussions in recent years as the technology has achieved superhuman performance in a range of valuable tasks, ranging from manufacturing to radiology to legal contracts. With that said, though, it has been difficult to get a specific read on AI’s implications on the labor market.
It’s been more than a decade since Adm. Mike Mullen, then-Joint Chiefs chairman, predicted that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would be the last manned fighter jet. Now, years later, the Pentagon needs to do more to move to a robotic force, says a recently retired commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.
...there are lingering questions about whether even smart authoritarian regimes can stay at the cutting edge of innovation while restricting the free flow of information, maintaining a rigidly hierarchical system and enforcing political orthodoxy within its universities. “Until and unless China relaxes its draconian political controls,” writes David Shambaugh, one of America’s leading experts on China, “it will never become an innovative society and a ‘knowledge economy.’”
The importance of artificial intelligence to national security is a rare area of consensus between America’s political right and left, and between Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley. But disagreement is emerging around the issue of tech talent and the large number of Chinese students studying in the United States and getting jobs in the tech industry.
Data is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it will only grow as data-fueled technologies like AI become more advanced. It's used to train powerful AI systems to recognize patterns in human and machine behavior, to train AI on images, sounds, and objects. Essentially data is AI's window to the outside world. However, huge amounts of data are needed to train AI systems effectively, and China collects more data from its civilians than any other country.
Eric Schmidt, the former Google chief executive who chairs the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, has warned the US will hurt its own innovation by barring co-operation with Chinese researchers. The comments come as some Trump administration officials push to decouple technology from China.
Recent technology advances in education are focusing in on personalized learning. Software programs help students learn at their own pace. These programs teach students the material, test their proficiency, then either progress them to new topics or review the material again to develop their understanding of the topic. AI will even adjust how the lessons are taught to each student as it learns each student’s best learning style.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is planning a major initiative to use artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up scientific discoveries. At a meeting here last week, DOE officials said they will likely ask Congress for between $3 billion and $4 billion over 10 years, roughly the amount the agency is spending to build next-generation “exascale” supercomputers.