Pentagon races to keep pace with China in technologies like computers and artificial intelligence (AI)

Aug. 3, 2021
Beijing already talks about using AI for surveillance to cyber attacks, and autonomous weapons, and intends to be globally dominant in AI by 2030.

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon’s self-described sprint to put together a more effective plan to confront and counter a rising China may be over, but the race to stay ahead of Beijing’s aggressive advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) is far from done. VOA News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

3 Aug. 2021 -- That initial sprint culminated in June, months after the U.S. Department of Defense China Task Force recommended changes to ensure potential Chinese military threats did not escape notice or go unanswered.

Other major initiatives remained classified, though U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is making clear that maintaining U.S. dominance in artificial intelligence will be key.

For years, U.S. officials have warned that AI, a term used to describe the thinking and intelligent behavior demonstrated by computers, could become as important on the battlefield as any high-tech weaponry.

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John Keller, chief editor
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