Applications and implications

AI and Compute

Andrew Lohn Micah Musser
| January 2022

Between 2012 and 2018, the amount of computing power used by record-breaking artificial intelligence models doubled every 3.4 months. Even with money pouring into the AI field, this trendline is unsustainable. Because of cost, hardware availability and engineering difficulties, the next decade of AI can't rely exclusively on applying more and more computing power to drive further progress.

Open Source

The Wire China
| January 16, 2022

In an interview with The Wire China, CSET's Ryan Fedasiuk discusses China’s crackdown on public information and the lengths he goes to ensure his open sources remain available for his investigative research on China.

The Risks of AI: An Interview with Georgetown’s Helen Toner

The Journal of Political Risk
| January 14, 2022

CSET's Director of Strategy Helen Toner spoke with Anders Corr from The Journal of Political Risk on the risks of AI.

New US research-security guidelines could help unify reporting requirements

Chemical and Engineering News
| January 13, 2022

Emily Weinstein spoke with Chemical and Engineering News to discuss the Office of Science and Technology Policy's recent guidelines to implement National Security Presidential Memorandum-33.

CSET Director of Strategy Helen Toner weighs in on China's new provision banning media from using algorithms to generate fake news, disinformation, and deepfakes.

A better China Initiative

Axios
| January 4, 2022

According to Axios China's newsletter, Emily Weinstein's opinion piece for Foreign Policy is the best analysis of the U.S. Department of Justice's China Initiative.

AI’s 6 Worst-Case Scenarios

IEEE Spectrum
| January 3, 2022

CSET's Helen Toner and Andrew Lohn spoke with IEEE Spectrum about the dangerous implications of AI-enabled systems.

In an opinion piece for Foreign Policy, Research Analyst Emily Weinstein argues for the U.S. Department of Justice to clearly define its China Initiative mission.

CSET Research Fellow Margarita Konaev anticipates a shift in the U.S. military's modernization of major weapons systems and AI capabilities now that the U.S. is pivoting away from counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in the Middle East.

Research Fellow Margarita Konaev highlights the role of Turkish drones in recent conflicts and Russia's stance on the issue.