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US, China competition for artificial intelligence dominance will 'dictate the future of humanity' warn experts

FOX News

Experts discuss what is at stake in the AI race between the United States and China, warning it could'dictate the future of humanity.' As artificial intelligence (AI) systems rapidly advance, the U.S. and China are both investing time and resources into developing the technology, but experts are divided on who controls the most advanced systems, who will be the front-runner to shape free speech and power in modern society. "The race between the U.S. and China, I think it's going to dictate the future of humanity," Dr. Michael Capps, the CEO of Diveplane, told Fox News Digital. "The Chinese government, Chinese military, and Chinese technology are all working in concert to win the AI race," he added. "In the United States, I would say that US technologists are working on it really hard, but not the government, and not the military. President Xi is 100% focused on it. Putin has said whoever wins the air race, wins World War III before it happens."

'Dead zone': how the Ukraine war moved inside Russia

Al Jazeera

Kyiv, Ukraine – The enemy "turns border districts into a dead zone", a war correspondent covering the Russia-Ukraine war wrote on his Telegram channel on Saturday. But retired colonel Yuri Kotyonok, who reported from almost every war zone in the former Soviet Union and whose Telegram channel has 420,000 subscribers, was not talking about Ukraine. The districts belong to the western Russian region of Belgorod that borders Ukraine. In recent months, it has been shelled and attacked by drones hundreds of times – 130 in May alone, Russian officials say. As a result, 32 people were killed and 157 wounded, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said in late April.

Is an AI arms race underway?

Al Jazeera

On Tuesday, June 6 at 19:30 GMT: The role of artificial intelligence has long been debated in military communities. But as recent leapfrog advancements in technology have garnered headlines about the effects on how we live, work and create, consideration of the role of AI in warfare has also gained urgency with some declaring this the era of the AI arms race. From autonomous weapons and AI-driven strategic decision making to generative misinformation, experts warn that the advancements could completely transform how wars are fought. Russian President Vladimir Putin once declared that "whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world." As the technology continues to improve at a rapid pace, global leaders are beginning to push for consensus on what Responsible AI (RAI) means in the context of militaries. In this episode of The Stream, we'll look at how artificial intelligence is revolutionising contemporary warfare and discuss what efforts are underway to keep it in check.

Should We, and Can We, Put the Brakes on Artificial Intelligence?

The New Yorker

Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter of the best New Yorker podcasts. Sam Altman, the C.E.O. of OpenAI, which created ChatGPT, says that artificial intelligence is a powerful tool that will streamline human work and quicken the pace of scientific advancement. But ChatGPT has both enthralled and terrified us, and even some of A.I.'s pioneers are freaked out by the technology and how quickly it has advanced. David Remnick talks with Altman, and with the computer scientist Yoshua Bengio, who won the prestigious Turing Award for his work in 2018, but recently signed an open letter calling for a moratorium on some A.I. research until regulation can be implemented. The stakes, Bengio says, are high: "I believe there is a non-negligible risk that this kind of technology, in the short term, could disrupt democracies."

Congress races to research AI-enhanced drones to maintain national security edge over China

FOX News

AGI, while powerful, could have negative consequences, warned Diveplane CEO Mike Capps and Liberty Blockchain CCO Christopher Alexander. Legislation moving through the House would provide millions of dollars for research on how to incorporate artificial intelligence into drone technology in an effort to keep the U.S. ahead of China in this increasingly important component of national security. The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology last week approved legislation from committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., that he says needs to pass before China becomes locked in as the world's major supplier of drones. His bill, the National Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Research and Development Act, would fund about $1.6 billion in research over the next five years to give a boost to U.S.-based drone manufacturers. "To say China has cornered this market is an understatement," Lucas said last week. "One single company with extensive ties to the Chinese Communist Party and the People's Liberation Army produces 80% of the drones used recreationally in the U.S." A staff member works on an unmanned aerial vehicle at Guizhou University in Guiyang, China, on May 23, 2023.

China Xi Jinping tells national security team to prepare for 'worst-case scenario' as leaders warn of AI risks

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Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson provides analysis into the corporate world forging trade deals with China amid growing tensions on'The Story.' Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday advised his national security team to prepare for the worst-case scenario amid an increase in threats -- both internally and externally -- to the nation. The comments, carried on the state-run Xinhua News Agency, came during a meeting of the Chinese Communist Party's National Security Commission. FILE: China's President Xi Jinping arrives to attend the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC summit, Nov. 19, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. Xi said the "complexity and difficulty of the national security issues we now face have increased significantly." China must "adhere to bottom-line thinking and worst-case scenario thinking, and get ready to undergo the major tests of high winds and rough waves, and even perilous, storm seas," he said.

Putin says drone attacks on Moscow are attempt by Ukraine 'to intimidate Russia'

FOX News

Senior foreign affairs correspondent Greg Palkot reports the latest from London. Russian President Vladimir Putin is speaking out following a drone attack on Moscow, calling the strikes an attempt by Ukraine to "intimidate" his country. The remarks come after eight drones targeted Russia's capital early Tuesday before being shot down or diverted with electronic jammers. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the attack caused "insignificant damage" to several buildings and that two people received treatment for unspecified injuries but did not need hospitalization. Residents of two high-rise buildings damaged in the attack were evacuated.

China isn't waiting to set down rules on generative AI

MIT Technology Review

Last week, I went on the CBC News podcast "Nothing Is Foreign" to talk about the draft regulation--and what it means for the Chinese government to take such quick action on a still-very-new technology. As I said in the podcast, I see the draft regulation as a mixture of sensible restrictions on AI risks and a continuation of China's strong government tradition of aggressive intervention in the tech industry. Many of the clauses in the draft regulation are principles that AI critics are advocating for in the West: data used to train generative AI models shouldn't infringe on intellectual property or privacy; algorithms shouldn't discriminate against users on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, gender, and other attributes; AI companies should be transparent about how they obtained training data and how they hired humans to label the data. At the same time, there are rules that other countries would likely balk at. The government is asking that people who use these generative AI tools register with their real identity--just as on any social platform in China.

Russia accuses US of 'encouraging terrorists' after Moscow strike

Al Jazeera

The United States is encouraging Ukraine to launch cross-border "terrorist" attacks, a Russian official alleged, after Moscow was hit by a series of drone strikes. The White House, meanwhile, said on Tuesday it did not support attacks inside Russia, and that it is still gathering information on the incident. "What are these attempts to hide behind the phrase they are'gathering information'?" Anatoly Antonov, Russia's ambassador to the US, said in remarks published on the Telegram messaging channel. "This is an encouragement for Ukrainian terrorists."

Wagner boss blasts Russia's elite following Moscow drone attack

Al Jazeera

The head of Russia's Wagner mercenary force has again criticised the Russian military and political elite following the drone attack on Moscow that injured two people, damaged property and left some furious the Kremlin had not better protected the capital city. In an expletive-drenched statement posted on Telegram by his press service on Tuesday, Yevgeny Prigozhin – whose mercenary fighters have played a key role in the war in Ukraine – blamed the drone attack on out-of-touch officials living in Moscow's affluent suburb of Rublyovka. "You, the Defence Ministry, have done nothing to launch an offensive," Prigozhin said in the statement. "How dare you allow the drones to reach Moscow?" "And what do ordinary people do when drones with explosives crash into their windows?" Focusing his ire on powerful residents of the upmarket Rublyovka area in Moscow's western suburbs, Prigozhin spoke of the "scum" and "swine" who sat quietly while Moscow was attacked.