China Beats the US in AI Race

In protest of the slow pace of technological transformation in the US military, the Pentagon's former software chief, Nicolas Chaillan, resigns.

  • China jumps ahead of the US in the AI race
    China jumps ahead of the US in the AI race

According to the Financial Times, China has defeated the United States in the artificial intelligence race and is on its way to worldwide dominance as a result of its technological breakthroughs.

Western intelligence assessments revealed that China, the world's second-largest economy, is expected to dominate many major emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and genetics, within a decade or two.

The Pentagon's first chief software officer, Nicolas Chaillan, who resigned in protest against the slow pace of technological transformation in the US military, said the failure to respond was putting the United States at risk.

"We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years. Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over in my opinion," he told the newspaper. "Whether it takes a war or not is kind of anecdotal."

He added that China was set to dominate the future of the world, controlling everything from media narratives to geopolitics.

Sluggish innovation, the unwillingness of US businesses like Google to collaborate with the government on AI, and substantial ethical disputes over the technology were all cited by Chaillan.

Google was not immediately available for comment outside business hours.

According to Chaillan, Chinese corporations are obligated to work with their government and are investing "massively" in AI without concern for ethics.

He claimed that some US government departments' cyber defenses were at "kindergarten level".

Chaillan resigned in early September, claiming that military officials were routinely put in charge of cyber efforts for which they had no competence.

According to the Financial Times, Frank Kendall, the secretary of the United States Air Force, addressed Chaillan's proposals for the department's future software development after his resignation and praised him for his services.