The US Will Lose to China in the AI War If Changes Aren't Made Says Pentagon
Superpowers across the world are putting great emphasis on strengthening their knowledge and application of artificial intelligence across the country. As it stands, China may soon become the biggest threat with its army being heavily integrated with artificially intelligent technology. Meanwhile, the United States is falling behind and concerns are growing as to how the US will cope with China’s increasingly dominant AI technology.
Artificial intelligence is not just restricted to consumer and industrial purposes, it also extends beyond that and plays a large role in the use of military weapons. Artificial intelligence is used to maximise efficiency and produce fast outcomes. This is crucial in the military space as more advanced AI algorithms mean that weapons such as missiles are able to become ‘smarter’.
China’s growth in the AI sector is not coming to a stop anytime soon. With the country having very poor and lousy privacy concerns and laws in place for its civilians, it means that companies and the government are able to receive and analyse a lot more data than in countries where civilians are protected by privacy laws like in the US. This is ultimately one of the main reasons that China is becoming an AI powerhouse. The government has every right to invade a civilians privacy and feed AI programs all the data they retrieve from analysing patterns from consumers. Whereas in the US, companies are limited as to what data they can collect from consumers and how this data can be manipulated or sold to third parties.
This was a statement released during the Pentagon briefing. Shanahan, who is the director of the Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), said that the United States Department of Defense will "have to work hard on strengthening the relationships we have with commercial industry."
The Pentagon has faced a variety of problems, facing the consequences as a result of commercial industry partners refusing to work with the United States military on future AI based projects. In recent news, Google has decided that it will no longer be aiding the US government in any AI programs. This is a serious problem given that Google as a company is highly experienced in the AI field given its access to large amounts of data which it can use to make AI’s for specific purposes.
With the being said, the US will have to work a way around this and ensure that they are able to keep up with China’s pace in a bid to become the most powerful AI-equipped superpower in the world.