1 big thing: Racing for AI rules


For over a year, China has moved to lead the creation of the first global norms for AI. Now, the U.S. is developing its own AI standards, as the two rivals compete to shape a technology that could define the future balance of authoritarian and democratic power, Kaveh reports. What's happening: China's ambitions are a dimension of its all-hands push to lead the world in frontier technologies -- especially AI -- by the end of the next decade. Having been relegated to the sidelines in the last big cycle of standard-setting at the birth of the internet, Beijing is laser-focused on dominating this new round. As AI moves increasingly into actual commercial use, the leading nations are positioning themselves to standardize the field to their own advantage.