The former top executive of Google described artificial intelligence as a linchpin in global power struggles and warned the U.S. could fall behind rivals like China unless it elevates AI as a cornerstone of national security.
Eric Schmidt, who led the tech giant for a decade and was executive chairman of parent company Alphabet Inc., urged the public and private sectors to bolster the country’s AI capabilities at a virtual event hosted by the Brookings Institution on Wednesday. Innovation and talent development will be particularly key to keep pace with a Chinese system that is growing to be “brilliantly powerful and brilliantly constraining,” Mr. Schmidt said.
“The game is afoot,” he added. “The competition is ahead of us. We need to take it seriously. We need to act now.”
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