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The U.S. Wakes Up To China’s AI Threat

I was talking to a friend who is an expert in AI and he told me that he thought the U.S. was at a major inflection point, similar to the one we had after the U.S.S.R. launched its Sputnik satellite.

He reminded me that in 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite that took about 98 minutes to orbit the earth. According to Nasa’s History Division, “That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R space race.”

My friend believes the U.S. needs to have another Sputnik moment, but this time the threat comes from a high-tech challenge from China. China has emerged as a powerhouse in AI and ML research and is raising its tech R&D spending by 7% per year.

I have been very familiar with China’s AI prowess and goals since I read a book on AI from Kai-Fu Lee. Kai-Fu Lee is one of the world’s leading experts on China’s rise in tech and has a deep understanding of China’s AI program and leadership goals.

In Kai-Fu Lee’s book, AI Superpowers-China, Silicon Valley and The New World Order, he reveals that, “China has suddenly caught up to the U.S. at an astonishingly rapid and unexpected pace.”

Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle understand this threat from China and are working on a range of legislative bills that could inject as much as $190 billion to target areas like AI, where China is committed to becoming the world leader in this technology.