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China Military’s Use of AI Raises Alarm for Congress, Ex-Google CEO


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China’s embrace of artificial intelligence for warfare has touched off alarm bells everywhere from Silicon Valley to the Pentagon.

Former Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt is among those raising concerns, and he testified at a House hearing about China Wednesday evening as head of an initiative that’s focused on speeding the US defense establishment’s adoption of AI.

Schmidt’s Special Competitive Studies Project argues in a new report this month that the US must redesign its military to respond to the threat.

“China continues to amass a wide array of advanced capabilities designed specifically to counter the traditional American way of warfighting,” according to the report. It describes a 30-year effort by China to study US combat operations with the intention of being able to puncture its military might, now with the help of AI. It argues that a military’s ability to use AI faster than its enemy will be key to its strength.

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