Microsoft's master Technocrat and President Brad Smith
feigns concern over the arrival of Orwell's 'Nineteen
Eighty-Four' but doesn't even hint at Microsoft's (and
Bill Gates) causative
role in bringing it about in the first place.
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is of the same mind.
depicted in George Orwell's '1984'
"could come to
pass in 2024"
don't protect the public
president has warned.
Life as depicted in
George Orwell's 1984,
"could come to pass
in 2024" if lawmakers don't protect the public against
artificial intelligence, Microsoft's president has warned.
Speaking to BBC's
Brad Smith said it will be,
"difficult to catch
up" with the rapidly advancing technology.
The program explores
use of AI to monitor its citizens.
Critics fear the state's dominance in the area could threaten
"If we don't enact
the laws that will protect the public in the future, we are
going to find the technology racing ahead, and it's going to be
very difficult to catch up," Mr Smith said.
"I'm constantly reminded of George Orwell's lessons in his book
You know the
fundamental story... was about a government who could see
everything that everyone did and hear everything that everyone
said all the time.
"Well, that didn't come to pass in 1984, but if we're not
careful that could come to pass in 2024."
In certain parts of the world, reality is increasingly catching up
with that view of science fiction, he added.
China's ambition is
to become the world
leader in AI by 2030, and many consider its capabilities
to be far beyond the EU.
Eric Schmidt, former
Google chief executive who is now chair of the US
National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence,
has warned that beating China in AI is imperative.
in a geo-political strategic conflict
with China," he said.
"The way to win is to marshal our resources together to
have national and global strategies for the democracies
to win in AI."
Dr Eric Schmidt
chairs the US National Security Commission
on Artificial Intelligence.
don't, we'll be looking at a future where other values
will be imposed on us."
Lan Xue, who advises the
Chinese Government, said facial recognition could prove,
helpful" in identifying people in mass gatherings if there is a
has made tremendous progress in technology
development," Dr Xue added.
feels that this is a threat... and they
wanted to start this Cold War on
Although China has,
differences" in its values and politics, the country's "vision
of the world is not convergence but co-existence," said Dr Keyu
Jin, associate professor at the London School of Economics.
does not seek to export its values," she added.
became an adviser to the Pentagon in 2016, while retaining a
position as executive chairman of
following years, Google started a contract with the
Pentagon, allowing it to use some of its image recognition
technologies as part of a military project.
Project Maven used machine
learning to distinguish people and objects in drone videos.
at the time was... a way of replacing human eyes by
automatic vision for the drone footage that was being
used in the various Arab conflicts," Dr Schmidt said.
viewed the use of that technology as a net positive for
national security and a good partnership for Google."
project received criticism from Google employees who
resigned, and petitioned against the project.
Machines given power to kill?
should not be involved in the business of war," said
software engineer Laura Nolan who resigned in 2018, when
she discovered the nature of the project Google was
of felt like I had blood on my hands."
Laura Nolan argued the technology could be used in
future targeting decisions.
Google said its AI would only be used for non-offensive
purposes, before completely withdrawing from Project
Maven in June 2018.
said he felt technology which could help the military make
the right decisions was a "good thing."
Department of Defence continues to seek partnerships in
Silicon Valley, in a bid to win the global AI arms race.
Seth Moulton, chair of the US
Future of Defence Task Force is urging tech companies to
support the Department of Defence.
"Because we're in a race, because we are in this
competition, that's really what it comes down to," he
you going to help us win this race or are you going to
essentially be against us?
does not have the same system of government as we do."
the AI arms race lead to conflict with China?
Dr Xue agreed there
was potential for conflict:
is not inevitable - the US and China should really
collaborate to prevent that from happening."