- “China is making an aggressive push to promote authoritarianism around the world,” an NSCAI official told Reuters.
- “Dramatic steps to sever these ties could be costly for Americans and reverberate across the world.”
- The goal is to make China's semiconductor technology always lag behind the United States by two generations.
The United States’ National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) recommends that Congress tighten the chip manufacturing technology bottleneck to prevent China from surpassing it in the next few years. The NSCAI recommends limiting China’s purchase of advanced chip manufacturing equipment.
“China is making an aggressive push to promote authoritarianism around the world,” an NSCAI official told Reuters.
“It boils down to semiconductors.” The official added, “our No. 1 ‘protect’ strategy is to run faster” than China’s chip industry.
The NSCAI, led by Eric Schmidt, the former chairman of Google, points out that advanced chip manufacturing equipment is used for facial recognition surveillance technology and other purposes.
“The US-China competition is complicated by the complex web of supply chains, research partnerships, and business relationships that link the world’s two AI leaders,” according to the commission.
“Dramatic steps to sever these ties could be costly for Americans and reverberate across the world.”
The NSCAI report also recommended that the United States coordinate with Japan, the Netherlands, and other countries to formulate policies to curb the export of advanced chip manufacturing equipment to China, including the establishment of an export licensing system.
The goal is to make China’s semiconductor technology always lag behind the United States by two generations. In addition, decades after the US semiconductor industry moved to Taiwan and South Korea, the commission recommended that the semiconductor manufacturing industry be promoted again in the US.
The UK government has already launched a scheme like the UK Smart Future to work with industry leaders to help them innovate, invest in the research and development, and help create new jobs in the UK. They may be able to influence the direction that artificially intelligent software companies take, but it looks like that might be a long shot.
It also appears that the Chinese government is not too worried about artificial intelligence competition from the United States. They have many programs of their own that are considered to be more advanced than those of the United States and Google. China’s top competitor, Twitter, has already launched an artificial intelligence project of its own and is investing in robotics research.
If the Chinese government truly fears competition, why are they investing in this type of technology? If it really makes sense economically for China to do so, why not just let technology run its course without trying to lock in all of its advantages?
If the UK government is worried about the United Kingdom being left behind in the next generation of technology, that is a valid concern. However, they should make that worry translate into action. They must work with the UK research center at Oxford to ensure that it remains a world leader. Otherwise, they risk losing their global status through technological lopsidedness.
It seems that a future artificial intelligence competition between the United States and China is inevitable. Even if the United Kingdom does not commit itself to build the kind of robotic killer robot they have been working on, they will still be left behind by the Chinese. If they want to maintain their economic lead in the World, they must find a way to catch up or else compete with China.
At the present time, the UK is focusing its efforts on making sure that its research efforts are as good as possible. The UK has also invested a great deal of money in its Institute of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. This is one of the best programs in the world for the study of artificial intelligence.
If it was not already up to par, then it would have to be fixed. Otherwise, artificial intelligence researchers could easily be surpassed by those in the United States and China.
There is no doubt that the Chinese are getting good at developing software that is helping them to build artificially intelligent robots. The UK should get a head start and make use of its research facilities.
Otherwise, it might find itself so far behind that it will be hard for it to ever compete with the Chinese in artificial intelligence competition. The UK must face a future artificial intelligence competition with the Chinese.
Now that China has a lot of experience with artificial intelligence, it will surely pass the U.S. in artificial intelligence competition. Only the Chinese can ensure that their artificial intelligent robotic creations are as good as humans when it comes to decision making.
Otherwise, artificially intelligent robotic machines will not be so useful in the future. So, the United Kingdom should get a head start now if it wants to ensure that it remains a strong nation in the future.