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Winning without fighting? Why China is exploring 'cognitive warfare'

The Japan Times

With the U.S. and its allies rapidly bolstering military capabilities around Taiwan, a successful Chinese invasion, let alone an occupation, of the self-ruled island is becoming an increasingly difficult proposition. But with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) increasingly focused on "intelligent warfare" -- a reference to artificial intelligence-enabled military systems and operational concepts -- experts warn that Beijing could eventually have a new card up its sleeve: "cognitive warfare." The term refers to operations based on techniques and technologies such as AI aimed at influencing the minds of one's adversaries and shaping their decisions, thereby creating a strategically favorable environment or subduing them without a fight. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add and to your list of allowed sites.

Former Google CEO says AI at 'center' of technology competition between US and China

FOX News

A former Google CEO said during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday that artificial intelligence (AI) is at the "center" of the technology competition between the United States and China. Eric Schmidt, who was CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, made the comment during Wednesday's House hearing focusing on strategic competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). "I think the technology competition between China and the U.S. is the defining moment of all of the competitions," Schmidt said. "And of that, artificial intelligence, AI, which is now a lot of people are talking about, is very much at the center of this competition." Elaborating on his point, Schmidt said that "China is now dedicating enormous resources to outpace the US and technologies, in particular AI." Former CEO & Chairman of Google and Chainlink Advisor Eric Schmidt speaks at Chainlink's SmartCon 2022 Web3 Conference on September 28, 2022 in New York City.

China threatens retaliation after EU weighs sanctions for Beijing's military aid to Russia

FOX News

China on Tuesday said it would react "strictly and strongly" should the European Union slap sanctions on Chinese companies accused of selling equipment for Russia to use in its ongoing war against Ukraine. Foreign Minister Qin Gang said China would "take the necessary response to firmly protect the legitimate interests of Chinese companies." German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang address the media during a press conference on May 9, 2023, in Berlin, Germany. Following talks in Berlin with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Qin said Chinese and Russian companies enjoy "normal exchanges and cooperation" which "should not be affected." As first reported Sunday by The Financial Times, the EU has proposed sanctions on Chinese companies accused of selling equipment that could be used in weapons to support Russia's war machine.

China could unleash AI-guided weapons in Taiwan invasion and 'reunification': report

FOX News

Tom Newhouse, vice president of Convergence Media, discusses the potential impact of artificial intelligence on elections after an RNC AI ad garnered attention. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China has tested an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered laser-guided artillery shell that has far exceeded the capabilities of any similar operational round. "Artificial intelligence is evolving quickly," Professor Wang Jiang, the project's lead from the Beijing Institute of Technology, wrote. "More researchers are applying the technology to trajectory planning problems." Initial tests have shown a new mortar deployed using this technology has achieved precision within centimeters of its target – a feat that developers have hailed while acknowledging the shorter distance and lower speeds that mortars require.

China says chatbots must toe the party line

The Japan Times

Five months after ChatGPT set off an investment frenzy over artificial intelligence, Beijing is moving to rein in China's chatbots, a show of the government's resolve to keep tight regulatory control over technology that could define an era. The Cyberspace Administration of China this month unveiled draft rules for so-called generative AI -- the software systems, like the one behind ChatGPT, that can formulate text and pictures in response to a user's questions and prompts. According to the regulations, companies must heed the Chinese Communist Party's strict censorship rules, just as websites and apps have to avoid publishing material that besmirches China's leaders or rehashes forbidden history. The content of AI systems will need to reflect "socialist core values" and avoid information that undermines "state power" or national unity. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

China fumes as Biden plots to starve it of AI investment: 'Sci-tech bullying'

FOX News

Fox News contributor Joe Concha joins "Fox & Friends First" to discuss Elon Musk's warning that artificial intelligence could threaten elections and his concerns on the declining birth rate. China is outraged at the Biden administration's plan to steer investment in artificial intelligence away from China and toward other countries, warning that it may take steps to counteract what it calls U.S. "bullying" in the tech sector. The administration for months has hinted that it is developing an executive order aimed at keeping AI and other technology-related investments, such as semiconductors and quantum computing, out of China in order to help the U.S. maintain its competitive edge. Several reports say the administration may be looking to launch the initiative at a mid-May meeting of the Group of Seven nations in Japan. But in a briefing last week, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said China is "firmly opposed" to this idea and accused the U.S. of pursuing "selfish interests" using "economic coercion."

The next arms race: China leverages AI for edge in future wars

The Japan Times

The U.S. has enjoyed superiority in military technology since the end of the Cold War. But this edge is being rapidly eroded by its main rival, China, which seems determined to become a global leader in technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) that could potentially revolutionize warfare. As Beijing focuses on a defense strategy for what it calls the "new era," the aim is to integrate these innovations into the People's Liberation Army, creating a "world-class" force that offsets U.S. conventional military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific and tilts the balance of power. How important AI has become for China's national security and military ambitions was highlighted by President Xi Jinping during the 20th Party Congress last October, where he emphasized Beijing's commitment to AI development and "intelligent warfare" -- a reference to AI-enabled military systems. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

China's Great Firewall Came for AI Chatbots, and Experts Are Worried


China's top digital regulator proposed bold new guidelines this week that prohibit ChatGPT-style large language models from spitting out content believed to subvert state power or advocate for the overthrow of the country's communist political system. Experts speaking with Gizmodo said the new guidelines mark the clearest signs yet of Chinese authorities' eagerness to extend its hardline online censorship apparatus to the emerging world of generative artificial intelligence. "We should be under no illusions. The Party will wield the new Generative AI Guidelines to carry out the same function of censorship, surveillance, and information manipulation it has sought to justify under other laws and regulations," Michael Caster, Asia Digital Programme Manager for Article 19, a human rights organization focused on online free expression, told Gizmodo. The draft guidelines, published by the Cyberspace Administration of China, come hot on the heels of new generative AI products from Baidu, Alibaba, and other Chinese tech giants.

Putin and Xi seek to weaponize Artificial Intelligence against America

FOX News

Rebekah Koffler discusses if the U.S. is prepared to simultaneously provide aid to Ukraine and Taiwan. An open letter recently signed by Elon Musk, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, and more than a thousand other prominent people set off alarm bells on advances in artificial intelligence (AI). The letter urged the world's leading labs to hit the brakes on this powerful technology for six months because of the "profound risks to society and humanity." A pause to consider the ramifications of this unpredictable new technology may have benefits. But our enemies will not wait while the U.S. engages in teleological discourse.

As Alibaba unveils ChatGPT rival, China flags new AI rules

Al Jazeera

China's technology giant Alibaba has unveiled a generative artificial intelligence model – its version of the technology that powers chatbot sensation ChatGPT – and said it would be integrated into all of the company's apps in the near future. The unveiling on Tuesday was swiftly followed by the Chinese government's publication of draft rules outlining how generative artificial intelligence services should be managed. In a demonstration, the AI language model named Tongyi Qianwen – which means "truth from a thousand questions" – drafted invitation letters, planned trip itineraries, and advised shoppers on types of makeup to buy. Tongyi Qianwen will initially be integrated into DingTalk, Alibaba's workplace messaging app and can be used to summarise meeting notes, write emails, and draft business proposals. It will also be added to Tmall Genie, Alibaba's voice assistant. The technology "will bring about big changes to the way we produce, the way we work, and the way we live our lives", CEO Daniel Zhang told the livestreamed event.