US is only “a year or two” ahead of China in AI and emerging technologies: ex-Google CEO warns of looming threat
“The threat is real, very real”, warns Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google and current president of the National Security Commission of Artificial Intelligence of the USA. He refers to China, a rival on which they don’t have as much of an advantage in technology as you might think.
The US is “one or two years ahead of China, but not 5 or 10“, has warned Schmidt during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. In the expert’s view, China actually leads the US in sectors such as facial recognition.
China is close to becoming a technology leader
One of the arguments to justify this approach of China is the ease of sharing technological advances. “We can hope that any open source novelty in the field of AI it is adopted by China, “explains Schmidt.
Among the sectors that the US wants to strengthen to strengthen its position with respect to China is that of semiconductors and quantum computing. To do this, they are preparing a fund of 100,000 million dollars in technology with which to try to increase this distance.
On the part of China, in 2017 its “New Generation AI Development Plan” was presented, with which the horizon of turning China into a global benchmark for artificial intelligence by 2030.
According to the ex-CEO of Google, the US should “urgently” promote sectors such as artificial intelligence. But AI is just one of 14 fields identified as key to national security. We must also have 5G, biotechnology or quantum computing. It is precisely in these sectors where the US has imposed blockades and restrictions on China.
I suggest we trade American naivety with some kind of incentive system to close this gap with China and place those semiconductor factories in the United States to use them for commercial but also military purposes“, concludes Schmidt.
Aware of this battle, Europe is working to develop your own semiconductor industry to depend less on the rest of the powers and have greater technological independence. A battle to lead different technological sectors in which China is becoming a more relevant actor.
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