The New York Times writes

…increasingly, [the smartest people in AI] are also in China. The United States no longer has a strategic monopoly on the technology, which is widely seen as the key factor in the next generation of warfare.

AI classes at Stanford are assiduously attended by Chinese citizens, including government employees. The picture is of the Chinese-designed multicore processor of the Sunway TaihuLight, the world’s fastest supercomputer. And Silicon Valley companies now do not want to assist the Pentagon for fear of losing access to the Chinese market after Edward Snowden revealed the extent of surveillance.

Plenty of alarmist tone to be had there, if you’re concerned about what Chinese long-term military strategy may be. Is there an up side?

Posted by Peter Scott

Peter Scott’s résumé reads like a Monty Python punchline: half business coach, half information technology specialist, half teacher, three-quarters daddy. After receiving a master’s degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University, he has worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an employee and contractor for over thirty years, helping advance our exploration of the Solar System. Over the years, he branched out into writing technical books and training. Yet at the same time, he developed a parallel career in “soft” fields of human development, getting certifications in NeuroLinguistic Programming from founder John Grinder and in coaching from the International Coaching Federation. In 2007 he co-created a convention honoring the centennial of the birth of author Robert Heinlein, attended by over 700 science fiction fans and aerospace experts, a unique fusion of the visionary with the concrete. Bridging these disparate worlds positions him to envisage a delicate solution to the existential crises facing humanity. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two daughters, writing the Human Cusp blog on dealing with exponential change.

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