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China’s AI Programme is a Worry: FBI Chief – Independent

China’s artificial intelligence programme has no legal constraints and could be used for many illegal purposes, FBI chief Christopher Wray said at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week


China's research on artificial intelligence has no legal constraints and could be used for hacking, repression of dissidents and other improper state policies, the FBI has warned.
China's research on artificial intelligence programme could be used for 'more hacking', repression of dissidents and other improper state policies, the FBI has warned. Image: Canva.

 

FBI chief Christopher Wray has voiced deep concern about China’s artificial intelligence research, warning in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum at Davos that the country’s programme is “not constrained by the rule of law”, according to a report by The Independent, adding that he was worried “Beijing could use advancements in AI to carry out more hacking operations, intellectual property theft, and repression of dissidents in China if left unchecked”.

Wray’s remarks follow a report by the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP) in September which warned that the US may lose out to China in global tech rivalry if it does not act on three fronts – microelectronics, 5G and AI, it said.

Read the full report: The Independent.

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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