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America’s Supply Chain Needs High-Skilled Migrants

The Wall Street Journal
| May 28, 2020

American chip companies depend on foreign graduates and workers, write Remco Zwetsloot and Will Hunt. New large-scale immigration restrictions, if successful, will hamstring efforts to bring home advanced semiconductor manufacturing.

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Narrow export controls can deny the Chinese government tools for techno-authoritarianism while preserving trade between the United States and China. Carrick Flynn makes the case for a two-part export control plan in Brookings TechStream.

“In the past five years, each of America's key economic competitors has instituted policies to attract highly skilled STEM talent," said CSET’s Tina Huang. She and Remco Zwetsloot joined the ChinaTalk podcast to discuss AI and immigration policy.

“America’s key competitors are going in a different direction,” said CSET's Tina Huang. “Historically the US has relied on talent from elsewhere to fuel the country’s technological dominance, and its key competitor nations are aware of this.” She spoke with MIT Technology Review about her recent report on immigration policy and tech competition.

Global competition for AI talent grows each day

Federal News Network
| June 26, 2020

What factors motivate the decisions of AI PhDs as they decide where to work after graduation? CSET's Catherine Aiken and Remco Zwetsloot joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss their new data brief on career motivations of AI talent.

Restricting international students seeking to study in the United States will hurt U.S. AI innovation. This Washington Post article extensively cites CSET research on the critical role of Chinese talent in U.S. global competitiveness in artificial intelligence.

AI will alter the nature of cybersecurity in unanticipated ways. CSET's CyberAI Director, Ben Buchanan, wrote a research agenda for understanding these changes, including “how AI & machine learning can be used to detect malicious code.”

The recent White House proclamation restricting immigration has created uncertainty that will "play into China's hand," noted CSET's Remco Zwetsloot in National Journal.

As CSET's Zach Arnold observed in this article, immigrants make up two-thirds of U.S. graduate students and have gone on to start some of America's most innovative AI firms, including Google, Tesla, and Nvidia.

International talent powers American innovation in artificial intelligence. A recent CSET study found that a vast majority of Chinese AI PhDs remained in the United States for at least five years after graduation.

CSET's Melissa Flagg spoke with Axios about her recent research on global investment in R&D. While the U.S. global share has fallen, the R&D of the United States and its allies accounts for more than 50% of global R&D, she argued.