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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A research arm of the US intelligence community just wrapped up a competition to see who could develop the best facial recognition technology. The challenge: identify as many passengers as possible walking on an aircraft boarding ramp.

Of all the entries, it was a Chinese start-up company called Yitu Tech that walked away with the $25,000 prize this month, the highest of three cash awards.

The competition was one of many examples cited in a report by a US-based think tank about how China's military might leverage its country's rapid advances in artificial intelligence to modernize its armed forces and, potentially, seek advantages against the United States.

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"China is no longer in a position of technological inferiority relative to the United States but rather has become a true peer (competitor) that may have the capability to overtake the United States in AI," said the report, written by Elsa Kania at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and due to be released on Tuesday.

Alphabet Inc's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who heads a Pentagon advisory board, delivered a similar warning about China's potential at a recent gathering in Washington.

Schmidt noted that China's national plan for the future of artificial intelligence, announced in July, calls for catching up to the United States in the coming years and eventually becoming the world's primary AI innovation center.

An unreleased Pentagon document, viewed by Reuters, warned earlier this year that Chinese firms were skirting US oversight and gaining access to sensitive US AI technology with potential military applications by buying stakes in US firms.

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Artificial intelligence, which promises to revolutionize transportation with the advent of self-driving cars and bring major advances to medicine, is also expected to have military applications that could alter the battlefield.

Some machine learning technology is already being applied to a Pentagon project that aims to have computers help sift through drone footage, reducing the work for human analysts.

China's People's Liberation Army is also investing in a range of AI-related projects and PLA research institutes are partnering with the Chinese defense industry, the report said, citing publicly available documents.

"The PLA anticipates that the advent of AI could fundamentally change the character of warfare," the report said.

PLA thinkers anticipate the approach of a "singularity" on the battlefield, where humans can no longer keep pace with the speed and tempo of machine-led decisions
during combat, the report said.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-11-28 05:20 AM | Reply

But we have Betsy DeVos on our side thanks to Trump who thinks education should be a privelege available to the wealthy only. Brilliant economic plan for the future.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-28 06:49 AM | Reply

We could compete but that would require investing in education. And Republicans know that book learning is bad.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-28 10:32 AM | Reply

So... the AI's are going to kill the Chinese first? Okay. That will buy us at least a little time....

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-28 04:44 PM | Reply

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