August 20, 2020

China Thinks It Has Found a Way To Surpass the U.S. Military Through AI, Experts Warn

Source: Medill News Service

Journalist: Alyk Russell Kenlan

China is trying to “leapfrog” U.S. superpower strength through increased use of military artificial intelligence.

The U.S. and China have increased development of artificial intelligence capabilities for their militaries. But China’s 2017 New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan identified AI as a “historic opportunity [for] leapfrog development.” A Center for a New American Security report found that China has embraced AI development as a critical component of national defense.

The U.S. military has the edge in artificial intelligence development now, but a recent RAND Corporation report found that the Pentagon’s current AI plan is not enough to maintain that edge over China indefinitely. The U.S. military largely reacts to new AI research instead of developing AI itself, and is too slow in integrating AI in its national defense strategy, Rand Waltzman, the lead author of the report, said.

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  • Ainikki Riikonen

    Former Research Associate, Technology and National Security Program

    Ainikki Riikonen is a former Research Associate for the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her research focuses on emer...