This is some scary stuff right here……
I am someone who worries about this stuff a lot. Artificial intelligence will change everything; I am not exaggerating or being alarmist here. A.I. will change the way you and I think about life.
All this is good and well, except for the fact that China is either the global leader in A.I. development OR it is right behind us, but only by a narrow margin.
The CCP is already using this tech to spy on its own people, but what happens when the spread of this technology becomes standard and global? What happens when it is sold at your local Best Buy?
Former Sec Pompeo is voicing his concerns, and if we are smart we will listen. China represents a major security threat for all the standard reasons, but this tech is like the new nuclear arms race.
Take a look:
NTD News had more on the story:
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview aired on Feb. 4 that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will use artificial intelligence to comb through troves of personal data on U.S. citizens recovered from Chinese technology and apps and use the intelligence as a weapon to strong-arm the United States.
“They will use that information. They will use artificial intelligence to gather it up. And then they will turn around and tell us that if we don’t act in a way that’s consistent with what the Chinese Communist Party wants, they will impose real costs on the United States,” Pompeo told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo.
Pompeo made the remarks in response to a question on whether the administration of President Joe Biden should keep in place the sanctions and other restrictions imposed on Chinese companies imposed under former President Donald Trump.
Lexology, a research journal, published related findings:
China is not only instituting a surveillance society, including a social scoring system for every resident, but it is investing heavily in the artificial intelligence needed to manage it all and make evaluations of what cameras, biometric readers and internet filters capture. According to U.S. military estimates, China will be spending $70 billion in government funds on AI development in 2020 compared to $17 billion in 2017. U.S. non-defense spending on AI this year will be about one billion dollars.
Not only is China building government laboratories to develop the next several generations of AI, but the government’s close coordination with companies like Huawei and Alibaba provide the surveillance state with top private commercial research as well. All powered by the supermassive amounts of data produced in the world’s largest surveillance state, because huge data sets are the building blocks of effective AI. China, as The Economist recently observed, is the Saudi Arabia of data.
The other recommendation I will make in this column is to read Ross Anderson’s article in The Atlantic called The Panopticon is Already Here, which explains how surveillance, AI, social scoring, a one-party state, and political oppression are combining in China to both create the first all-knowing social system and to export it to other countries. Anderson reports on how the entire system is being tested right now in the “open air prison” of Xinjiang province, where Muslim Uighurs are monitored every minute of their lives.