The Pentagon’s former software chief says that the U.S. has already lost the artificial intelligence battle against China. Nick Chaillan, who recently resigned from the Pentagon says that China is already well on its way to global dominance in artificial intelligence (AI) while the U.S. struggles to keep up.
The Hill reports:
“We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years. Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over in my opinion,” the Pentagon’s former software chief Nick Chaillan told the Financial Times, adding that some of the U.S.’s cyber defense systems were at “kindergarten level.”
Chaillan announced his resignation last month as an act of protest against the U.S.’s slow paced tech development. Chaillan said America’s failure to aggressively pursue AI capacity was putting the nation at risk, according to Reuters.
In the next decade, western intelligence reports predict China will dominate with many emerging technologies like AI, synthetic biology and genetics, Reuters reported.
Chaillan also attributed the sluggish pace to company’s like Google hesitating to work with the government on AI and ongoing debates about AI ethics in the U.S., while China pushes forward without consideration for the potential ethical consequences.