A US panel has warned about China’s rapid progress in artificial intelligence.
The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, which advises Congress, released an interim report on Monday.
The report says that China’s declaration to become the world leader in AI by 2030 challenges the United States both militarily and economically.
It expresses strong concerns about Chinese advances in AI development and Beijing’s use of the technology for surveillance purposes.
The report stresses the need for the US government to invest more in AI research and development and strengthen personnel training.
The report warns against restricting cooperation between US and Chinese businesses and research institutions in the AI sector. It says the US would face difficulty in hiring AI experts and its economy would be harmed as a result.
Eric Schmidt, the chairman of the commission and a former Google CEO, said the panel will make recommendations on how the US should balance competition and cooperation with China in this area in the final report that is due to be released in early 2021.
Attention is focused on whether the interim report will have an impact on national policies. President Donald Trump’s administration has imposed restrictions on tech giant Huawei and other Chinese firms, citing security concerns.