China has won the artificial intelligence battle with the United States and is heading towards global dominance due to its technological advancements, the former Pentagon software chief told the British Financial Times newspaper.
China, the world’s second-largest economy, is likely to dominate many of the key emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and genetics within a decade or so, according to Western intelligence assessments.
Nicolas Chaillan, the Pentagon’s first software director to resign in protest against the slow pace of technological transformation in the US military, said the lack of response was putting the United States at risk.
“We have no chance of competing against China in 15 to 20 years. Right now, it’s a done deal; it’s over in my opinion, “he told the newspaper.
“Whether a war is needed or not is anecdotal.”
China was destined to dominate the future of the world, controlling everything from media narratives to geopolitics, he said.
Chaillan blamed the slow pace of innovation, the reluctance of US companies like Google to work with the state on artificial intelligence and the extensive ethical debates about the technology.
Google was not immediately available for comment outside of business hours.
Chinese companies, Chaillan said, were forced to work with their government and were making “massive investments” in AI without regard for ethics.
He said that US cyber defenses in some government departments were at the “kindergarten level.”
Chaillan announced his resignation in early September, saying that military officers were repeatedly put in charge of cyber initiatives for which they lacked experience.
A spokesman for the Department of the Air Force said that US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall had discussed with Chaillan his recommendations for the department’s future software development following his resignation and thanked him for his contributions, said the FT.
The Platform Executive team hopes you enjoyed the article “China has won the AI battle with the US,” says the former Pentagon software chief. Machine translation from English to a growing list of languages via Google AI Cloud Translation. Initial reports through our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge. Edited by Muralikumar Anantharaman, Robert Birsel.
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