US Leadership in AI Not Guaranteed, But Possible

US Leadership in AI Not Guaranteed, But Possible
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The United States is the global leader in artificial intelligence. We have an innovative private sector, world class universities and remain the top destination for international AI talent. However, American leadership is no longer guaranteed. In fact, Eric Schmidt and Bob Work, the chairman and vice chairman of the congressionally established National Security Commission on AI (NSCAI), wrote, “[T]he United States is in danger of losing its global leadership in AI and its innovation edge.”

The Chinese Communist Party is the biggest threat to America’s leadership in this realm. The CCP’s strategic aims include becoming the next world power by 2049 and the global AI leader by 2030. In China, AI fuels techno-authoritarianism. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s 2019 report found that the CCP is positioning Chinese firms to become the next AI leaders through “government intervention, market structure and construction of AI enabling infrastructure.”

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