How to Win a War with Artificial Intelligence and Few Casualties - The Red (Team) Analysis Society


The U.S. and China are locked in an increasingly heated struggle for superpower status. Many perceived this confrontation initially only through the lenses of a trade war. However, the ZTE "saga" already indicated the issue was broader and involved a battle for supremacy over 21st century technologies and, relatedly, for international power (see When AI Started Creating AI – Artificial Intelligence and Computing Power, 7 May 2018). The technological battle increasingly looks like a fight to the death, with the offensive against Huawei, aiming notably to protect future 5G networks (Cassell Bryan-Low, Colin Packham, David Lague, Steve Stecklow And Jack Stubbs, "The China Challenge: the 5G Fight", Reuters Investigates, 21 May 2019). For Huawei and China, as well as for the world, consequences are far reaching, as, after Google "stopping Huawei's Android license", and an Intel and Qualcomm ban, the British chip designer ARM, held notably by Japanese Softbank, now stops relations with Huawei (Paul Sandle, "ARM supply halt deals fresh blow to Chinese tech giant Huawei", Reuters, 22 May 2019; "DealBook Briefing: The Huawei Backlash Goes Global", The New York Times, 23 May 2019; Tom Warren, "Huawei's Android And Windows Alternatives Are Destined For Failure", The Verge, 23 May 2019). The highly possible coming American move against Chinese Hikvision, one of the largest world producers of video surveillance systems involving notably "artificial intelligence, speech monitoring and genetic testing" would only further confirm the American offensive (Doina Chiacu, Stella Qi, "Trump says'dangerous' Huawei could be included in U.S.-China trade deal", Reuters, 23 May 2019; Ana Swanson and Edward Wong, "Trump Administration Could Blacklist China's Hikvision, a Surveillance Firm", The New York Times, 21 May 2019). China, for its part, answers to both the trade war and the technological fight with an ideologically martial mobilisation of its population along the lines of "People's War", "The Long March", and changing TV scheduling to broadcast war films (Iris Zhao and Alan Weedon, "Chinese television suddenly switches scheduling to anti-American films amid US-China trade war", ABC News, 20 May 2019; Michael Martina, David Lawder, "Prepare for difficult times, China's Xi urges as trade war simmers", Reuters, 22 May 2019). This highlights how much is as stake for the Middle Kingdom, as we explained previously ( Sensor and Actuator (4): Artificial Intelligence, the Long March towards Advanced Robots and Geopolitics).

U.S. weighs blacklisting five Chinese video surveillance firms over treatment of Uighurs

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON - The U.S. is considering cutting off the flow of vital American technology to five Chinese companies including Megvii, widening a dragnet beyond Huawei to include world leaders in video surveillance as it seeks to challenge China's treatment of minority Uighurs in the country's northwest. The U.S. is deliberating whether to add Megvii, Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. and two others to a blacklist that bars them from U.S. components or software, people familiar with the matter said. The two others under consideration are Meiya Pico and Iflytek Co. Ltd., according to one of the people. The Trump administration is concerned about their role in helping Beijing repress minority Uighurs, they said, asking not to be identified talking about private deliberations. There's concern also that Hikvision or Dahua's cameras, which come with facial-recognition capabilities, could be employed in espionage, the people said.

Why You Need To Activate Intelligence in Your Business


AI and automation are changing the business environment across industries, delivering new opportunities through intelligent, automated solutions. Some companies are ahead of the curve, while others are stagnating in adopting the technology. Operators and enterprises are aware of the benefits of AI and automation, but the questions that always remain are, "What does it bring to my business? How will it solve my problems?" Artificial intelligence (AI) is a constellation of technologies that describes the processes of intelligent automation, like machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), cognitive computing, and deep learning.

US warns about alleged spying threat from Chinese-made drones

FOX News

The US government is warning businesses about the risks of using Chinese-made aerial drones on claims they may pose a spying threat. On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security issued an industry alert over the alleged spying dangers, according to CNN. The alert doesn't name a specific company, but one of the biggest drone manufacturers in the world is DJI, which is based in Shenzhen, China. The department is worried the drone technologies can collect information and secretly send it back to their manufacturers in China. If this occurs, the Chinese government has the power to compel the manufacturer to hand over all the acquired data.

Wearable Artificial Intelligence Market Surpass US$ 185 Bn by 2026


Acumen Research and Consulting, recently published report "Wearable Artificial Intelligence (AI) Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, and Forecast, 2019 - 2026" LOS ANGELES, May 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Global Wearable Artificial Intelligence (AI) Market size is estimated to grow at CAGR above 27 % over the forecast time frame 2019-2026 and reach the market value around USD 185 billion by 2026. The key drivers for development will be increased demand for AI assistants, increased operations in the Healthcare industry, the emergence of IoT and the integration of wireless technologies and the growth of wearable component technology. As the majority of intelligent wearable equipment lacks basic safety mechanisms, an increasing concern for data security in smarts is preventing the growth of the wearable artificial intelligent market. Moreover, the cost of production is high and the consumption of batteries is limited. In the forecast period, the earwear market is projected to grow at more than 43 percent.

There's little evidence that a Huawei 5G ban is the right approach

New Scientist

The UK government is happy to allow Huawei equipment to form part of the UK's 5G network – just not any of the crucial parts, according to leaked discussions from the National Security Council. The United States and Australia have taken much more hardline approach, with complete bans on using Huawei equipment to form any part of their 5G network. What is all the worry about? According to telecoms firm Qualcomm, 5G mobile internet gives a massive speed boost – at least 10 or 20 times greater – over our current 4G networks. As devices start sharing more and more data, from phones streaming data-rich video to self-driving cars, it's vital to have a speedy connection.

Huawei Cloud ramps up AI efforts with Singapore lab, partners


Huawei is ramping up its efforts in cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) with the launch of a lab in Singapore and new partnerships in the region to jointly develop applications in these two areas. The Chinese vendor says the new Cloud & AI Innovation Lab aims to build local AI talents and offer resources to help universities and enterprises conduct research and build cloud and AI applications. The facility would provide Huawei's AI services such as research and development robots, development toolkits, and Traffic Intelligent Twins, which taps AI, cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things, and edge computing to help better manage cities, including traffic, emergency response, and public water systems. The lab aimed to cultivate AI talent and "incubate" AI applications, the Chinese vendor said. Country's government has introduced initiatives to train 12,000 people in artificial intelligence skillsets, including industry professionals and secondary school students.

Huawei and 5G: Why the UK ignored US warnings and said yes


The UK seems set to allow Huawei to provide at least some of the technology to power the country's next-generation 5G mobile networks, despite ongoing warnings from the US about the security risks of allowing the Chinese telecoms company to be involved. Reports suggest that a review of 5G security by the UK government will allow Huawei technology to be used in the edges of these networks but not in the sensitive core, despite the reservations of a number of members of the UK cabinet. At the technology level 5G is important because it will provide the invisible infrastructure for a vast number of future services, from self-driving cars to smart cities and the fast growing Internet of Things. All of these will rely on 5G's ability to connect up millions of devices to share information wirelessly. Using 5G to introduce new services or simply make existing ones more efficient could have substantial economic benefits – and significantly boost the countries at the forefront.

'Companies are seldom treated like this': how Huawei fought back

The Guardian

A pillar box red electric train connects Paris, Verona and Grenada via Budapest's Liberty Bridge and on to Heidelberg Castle in a 120-hectare fantasy business park dreamt up by the Chinese billionaire Ren Zhengfei. Ren, 74, a former Red Army engineer who founded the telecommunications company Huawei in 1987 and still owns a 1.14% stake, asked the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma to recreate some of Europe's most historic cities. He hoped to inspire an army of 25,000 research and development staff to challenge Apple, Google and Samsung. While its US competitors keep their research facilities on lockdown to prevent corporate espionage (oft allegedly by the Chinese), Huawei is inviting the world's media into its labs and factories in an attempt to dispel the US government's claims that the privately held company is an arm of the Chinese state and that its technology could be used to hack into western governments. US politicians allege that Huawei's forthcoming 5G mobile phone networks could be hacked by Chinese spies to eavesdrop on sensitive phone calls, gain access to counter-terrorist operations – and potentially even kill targets by crashing driverless cars.

5G is speedy, but does it also raise the stakes on privacy, security, potential abuse?


Verizons 5G lab is creating new and innovative ways to take advantage of the speed of 5G. Sure, the next generation of wireless will bring you faster phones, smarter tech and seamless services. But could 5G also make your privacy vulnerable? While you often hear that 5G promises to eventually rev-up health care, self-driving cars, virtual reality, even entire "smart" cities, what you don't hear quite as often is how it raises the stakes on privacy and security. "5G implies faster speeds for good guys and for bad guys," reminds Galina Datskovsky, CEO of Vaporstream, a secure messaging company in Chicago.