February 28, 2023

How AI became ‘the autocrat’s new toolkit’

Source: Breaking Defense

In an excerpt from "Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence," Paul Scharre writes about how China became the world's leading exporter of digital authoritarianism.

Left unchecked, the spread of China’s model of AI-​enabled repression poses a profound challenge to global freedoms and individual liberty.

Chinese firms have been aggressively selling their surveillance technology worldwide. In Malaysia, the Chinese firm Yitu has sold facial recognition bodycams to police. In Ecuador, China’s state-​owned China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) and Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications firm, built a national surveillance network of over 4,000 cameras feeding data to the police and the country’s domestic intelligence service.

Read the full except from Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Paul Scharre on Breaking Defense.

Authors

  • Paul Scharre

    Executive Vice President and Director of Studies

    Paul Scharre is the Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at CNAS. He is the award-winning author of Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence...