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China creates ‘global AI governance initiative’ to control global technology

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China launched its “Global Initiative for Artificial Intelligence Governance” at the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) forum in Beijing on Wednesday.

Although Chinese state media touted the AI ​​initiative as an “open, inclusive and equitable approach” to AI development, the presence of international villains such as Russian leader Vladimir Putin and the Taliban at the forum of the BIS hinted at the true, much darker, objective of the initiative. the plans of the Chinese Communist Party.

The Chinese state World Time On Wednesday, the Global AI Governance Initiative was presented as a “stark contrast to the restrictions and blockade imposed by the United States aimed at preserving its hegemony.”

This was a reference to the fact that the United States and its allies blocked sales of advanced IT technologies to China last year, in recognition of the enormous security risk posed by the Party’s malicious activities. Chinese Communist Party and its penchant for intellectual property theft. Stricter US regulations on AI chips came into force Tuesday, infuriating Beijing.

“Even as China emphasized fairness and non-discrimination in AI development to benefit all countries and regions, the United States intensified unilateral restrictions on normal global cooperation in the field of AI and other technologies. Western countries have also sought to establish rules for AI, which experts say are primarily aimed at protecting their own interests,” he added. World Time fumed.

The idea of ​​a horrible Chinese authoritarian government taking control of AI technology is a nightmare that will plague the free world for most of the new century. Among the first concerns was that China’s lack of respect for privacy – whether for its own subjects or for its foreign citizens – would allow it to compile gigantic databases to power growing AI programs, thereby outpacing American and European companies bound by data confidentiality rules.

The Chinese Communist Party’s lax ethical standards quickly gave rise to horrific AI surveillance exercises, including research into AI facial recognition systems this would allow Beijing’s tyrants to track and surveil “troublesome” minority populations such as Tibetans and Uyghur Muslims. A world in which China sets the standards for “AI governance” would be a world in which everyone except the political elite is watched by relentless electronic eyes every hour of the day. daytime.

Both the CIA and FBI have expressed ongoing concerns about China’s influence over AI development and its abuse of the technology to carry out massive campaigns of espionage, surveillance and influence.

Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI said in January, he said he was “deeply concerned” that China’s AI development “is not constrained by the rule of law.” Lakshmi Raman, director of artificial intelligence at the CIA, warned just a few weeks ago, China’s AI programs were “expanding in every direction,” posing threats to both the security and stability of free nations.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in September informed that adversaries like China “seek to undermine trust in our government institutions, social cohesion, and democratic processes are using AI to create more credible disinformation and misinformation campaigns.”

An example of this threat was discovered by Microsoft in September: a network of Chinese-controlled social media accounts that used AI software to “imitate American voters” and generate content “more eye-catching than the clunky visuals used in previous campaigns by actors in ‘Chinese nation-state’. The quality of AI-generated propaganda improved significantly as the system absorbed more information and refined its techniques.

China’s Initiative for Global AI Governance talks about respecting “national sovereignty,” but examples such as the network discovered by Microsoft demonstrate that Beijing has no such respect for other countries. The announcement of the launch of the Chinese initiative even denounced the “use of AI technologies for the purposes of manipulating public opinion” – exactly what Microsoft just caught China using. ‘AI.

THE World Time has thrown around buzzwords in Chinese propaganda such as “fairness”, “openness”, “win-win cooperation” and “non-discrimination”, but China clearly believes that AI is a weapon that ‘she can handle carelessly because of her own gigantic censorship apparatus and authoritarian Internet. control makes him immune to the havoc he wreaks on others. The most secretive, dishonest, and autocratic government on the planet feels very comfortable calling on everyone to leave its digital doors open.

There is intriguing evidence that the Chinese Communist Party is wrong in this assessment. The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in August argued that AI could yet realize the old dream of using Internet freedom to undermine authoritarian regimes, reversing decades of dismal regression that have made the Internet a better tool for tyrants than liberators.

CEPA noted that China had rushed stuffed its local AI chatbot geniuses went back in their bottles because they kept coming up with unexpected and difficult answers to questions after being fed a constant diet of communist propaganda. Chinese Internet giant Baidu on an interim basis reissued his chatbot ERNIE on Tuesday after transporting him to a digital re-education camp.

“Authoritarians rely on narrative homogeneity as a tool of control, viewing any deviation as a potential threat. Generative AI represents a threat to this narrative homogeneity. Authoritarians must face a plethora of information, media and cultural productions that will challenge their accepted version of reality,” CEPA noted.

As CEPA explains, the early Internet was not too difficult for authoritarian regimes to control because search engines were “deterministic and easy to block.”

AI systems rely more on input from information consumers than content creators. They learn both from the questions they are asked and the data they find – and from the consumers of information. enormously outnumber content creators. Social media has unleashed a flood of information and emotion, which AI can concentrate into a stream of data that authoritarians might find much more difficult to manage than the Internet of five years ago.

“Through its ability to produce fully synthesized narratives, AI has the potential to expose users to new – and from the perspective of authoritarians – dangerous narratives,” CEPA concluded.

Chinese leaders will want to minimize this risk to their own power, so if the Global AI Governance Initiative is anything other than a tantrum over U.S. restrictions on sales of advanced chips, it poses a threat to strangle the new AI era. -motivated provocation and rebellion in his cradle.


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