Beyond chatbots: How the US-China tech race will define AI’s future
Please join the Global Tech Security Commission (GTSC) – a joint partnership between the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub and Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue – and the GeoTech Center on June 5 at 11:30 am ET for a virtual panel discussion on the ongoing competition between the US and China to drive AI technology and governance structures.
The AI tech race has evolved in recent years as Washington has launched collaborative initiatives among government, military, and tech-industry actors and sought to advance legislation to maintain a competitive edge against Beijing. For now, US tech firms still maintain a strong lead in AI development and investment relative to Chinese companies but this gap is beginning to close. China is already ahead of the United States in AI adoption, and it has a large and growing community of high-quality AI experts.
Beyond competing with China for supremacy in the technological space in AI, the United States and its partners must also lead in the development of global norms and values governing AI use. In particular, they must grapple with Beijing’s use of AI to stifle domestic political dissent or further control marginalized groups within China or its efforts to export Chinese AI technologies and practices to autocratic regimes around the world.
The Hon. Mike Waltz
Representative for the 6th congressional district of Florida Honorary Co-Chair of the Global Tech Security Commission
Nonresident Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Research Analyst, Center for Security and Emerging Technology
Moderated by Ryan Heath
Global Technology Correspondent Axios
Opening remarks by David O. Shullman
Senior Director Global China Hub
Closing remarks by Michelle Giuda
Director of the Krach Institute of Tech Diplomacy, Purdue University
Nonresident Fellow, Freedom and Prosperity Center
Technology is the new frontier of international relations. The interaction is bi-directional: technology is defining diplomatic matters while diplomacy is also influencing the development and deployment of technology. Take semiconductors as an example. This is a technology that forms the foundation of digital economy, national security, and productivity in almost all industries. Global supply chain in the semiconductor industry is shaping U.S. foreign policy. Conversely, America’s diplomatic effort has been redefining the supply chain. Tech diplomacy is different from science diplomacy, which became a key pillar for the U.S. and other countries since World War II. Scientists participated in treaty negotiations, engaged in bilateral summits and served as attachés at embassies. Primary topics included nuclear proliferation, super-collider construction, human space exploration and environmental science.
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