Former Google chief: US spending key to winning AI race against China – Government & civil service news

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Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said the US government must pour more funding into artificial intelligence (AI) research if it is to avert Chinese dominance in the field. Speaking during an online event hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) think tank last Tuesday, Schmidt warned that the US is losing the AI race. "China is on its way to surpass [the US] in many, many ways," he said. "We need to take them seriously… they're going to end up with a bigger economy, more R&D investments, better quality research, wider applications of technology, and a stronger computing infrastructure." Schmidt, who is chair of the US defence department's Defense Innovation Advisory Board, described China's potential dominance in AI as a security threat that could lead to "high-tech authoritarianism" worldwide.

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