CSET Director of Strategy Helen Toner testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on the key features of AI as a technology and some common misconceptions. Helen described:
- Why AI should not be thought of as a typical dual-use technology;
- Why AI research is characterized by an unusually open and collaborative environment, and what value that has;
- The potential costs to the United States of any restrictive measures that are not highly targeted;
- The role of human capital in AI research, and importance of strategic immigration policy to bolster U.S. competitiveness;
- China’s approach to data privacy, and why discussions of human rights abuses in Xinjiang should not be closely tied to discussions of AI; and
- The current state of standardization efforts for AI.
Additionally, Helen provided recommendations for strengthening the U.S. competitive advantage in AI.