Reports of China’s advantages in AI development and data access have been greatly exaggerated, concludes a report advocating greater U.S. investment in basic research and a reassessment of how to manage risks posed by Beijing’s technology push. […]
“We should more like us, we should double down on our asymmetrical strengths,” said Jason Matheny, a co-author and director of the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University.
China’s large population and lax data regulation have also promoted myths about its “data advantage” in AI development. That has led some observers to pronounce data the “new oil.”
Data is not “a general-purpose resource,” noted Matheny, who also serves on the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. The federal panel has called for NATO allies to coordinate their AI efforts to ensure interoperability.