According to an insider, the US has plans to stifle China’s growing AI technology sector.
On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that the Biden government wants to restrict China’s access to powerful computing technologies.
As a possible course of action, Biden’s administrator is examining the introduction of export controls.
The plans are in the early stages but are focused on the area of quantum computing and artificial intelligence software, according to Bloomberg sources.
The insider also noted that the Biden admin has reportedly consulted with industry experts on how to curb emerging technology.
For decades, the United States and China have been in a race for tech dominance.
And lately, the race has intensified as more and more pundits warn of the dangers of a Chinese victory.
“It’s going to be the defining feature of world politics for the rest of our lives,” Bob Work, who has served as deputy secretary of defense in both the Obama and Trump administrations, told reporters in September.
“It will determine who is the greatest economic power in the 21st century. It is determined who is the greatest military power. It’s a competition [the United States] just gotta win.”
Earlier this month export restrictions focused on advanced computer and semiconductor manufacturing items were announced by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).
“The Commerce Department’s BIS is implementing a number of targeted updates to its export controls as part of ongoing efforts to protect U.S. national security and foreign policy interests,” the report said.
“These updates will limit the People’s Republic of China’s ability to both purchase and manufacture certain high-end chips used in military applications and rely on previous policies, company-specific actions, and less public regulatory, legal, and enforcement actions build UP. “
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stressed in a speech last month that export controls are important in order to keep “the greatest possible advantage” over opponents.
Quantum computing technology could increase the power and speed of algorithms and boost machine learning beyond what we are currently seeing.
One day, according to Bloomberg, the technology could even be powerful enough to crack passwords and bypass security features.
And then there’s the use of AI to develop powerful bioweapons – something both China and the United States have been working on.
Experts have been examining the risks of bioweapons developed with AI for some time.
“It will be possible for bad actors to take the great databases of how biology works and use it to generate things that harm people,” said Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and co-chair of the US National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence said in September via C4isrnet.