What Is Artificial Intelligence?
Artificial intelligence is a technology that enables machines to learn from experience. The incredible technology allows them to adjust to new inputs and to behave in a human-like fashion, performing human tasks. The tech relies on deep learning a lot of data, and intricate processing. This allows us to train the computer to accomplish a wide range of tasks, process and analyze data, and even identify patterns.
Why Does AI Matter?
AI is important because it helps machines process information and works with increased accuracy while reducing the need for human intervention. There’s a place for artificial intelligence in every industry as they will be able to use the data to deliver an enhanced customer experience which is the key to business success.
If a single country can master artificial intelligence, it gives the country the power to produce and deliver the best quality products and services in every industry, making it the world leader. If news reports are to be believed, China might soon be the country to attain mastery in this field by the year 2030. The country has the world’s largest population to fuel its efforts and it is well on its way to becoming the largest economy.
Abishur Prakash, the author of several books on geopolitics and AI, has been studying China’s investment in AI very carefully. According to him, China has been investing in developing and deploying artificial intelligence (AI) on a record-breaking scale, as compared to other countries.
China Is Going Full Steam Ahead
While the development of AI is appreciative, what one needs to fear is the supremacy of one country over the others in this space. This is because China would have the potential to use the data available not just for the nation’s development, but also against other nations. China has announced its funding for several startups from within the country and outside that work in the space of artificial intelligence in an attempt to entice researchers from abroad.
The country has also streamlined its data policies, preparing for its motion ahead. Several public mentions have been made in the past about the development of news-reading robots, along with disclosing that there have been works underway to develop an AI strategy related to foreign relations. China also has efforts in place to incorporate AI into their military –which has other countries worried!
Many of the foreign students and researchers in other countries, like in America, are Chinese. They have played a pivotal role in technological leadership and all efforts should be made to ensure that they do not feel alienated by any external affairs. While the world need’s Chinese wisdom in the area of Artificial Intelligence, it looks like the nation will keep their knowledge to themselves.
This forces the rest of the world to work from scratch to learn all that China already knows in the area of machine learning and artificial intelligence. While other countries have privacy issues and other things of the sort to worry about, China’s government simply makes a decision and enforces it – this is what has propelled them so far ahead of the other countries.
Tension Between the US and China Could Mean Issues
Artificial intelligence has been driving debates over issues like privacy, censorship, free speech, etc. Given the other conflicts that exisit between America and China, it is less likely that America would receive help from the Chinese researchers and scientists. This places America at a disadvantage in the AI technological race, while China has been leading the way. America’s export control could be more damaging to the US itself than to other countries they believe the laws could set back.
China Has Immense Potential
Advancement in Artificial intelligence plays China in an advantageous position when it comes to investments and fundings for several industries. This means that the country’s industrial and economic development would be at a rapid pace than any other nation in the world.
At this point, the news has only told us how far ahead China is, and they are the runner up after the US. But we are yet to understand what the future holds and the plans the nation has been working on. There’s no telling where artificial intelligence will take them shortly, and other countries have plenty of catching up to do. China set the deadline for its AI goals in 2017, and we’re all watching the impressive leaps they have made since! But the race continues.