China’s Tech Moguls Warn of AI’s Troubling Trajectory

China’s tech moguls warn of AI’s troubling trajectory #AI #automation

  • I recently spent a few weeks in the country, talking to researchers and entrepreneurs developing cutting-edge AI technologies and products.
  • What stuck with me—beyond the growing ambition of China’s researchers and the overall vibrancy of its tech scene—is how much people are starting to talk about the potential for AI to eliminate jobs across the country.
  • Speaking at an event organized in Detroit by his company last week, the CEO of Alibaba, Jack Ma, said that artificial intelligence could displace many workers in both China and the U.S., thereby heightening tensions that some fear could lead the two countries toward armed conflict.
  • In a compelling op-ed piece in the New York Times this week, Kai-Fu Lee, a renowned technical expert, entrepreneur, and educator and the chairman of an AI lab run by his VC firm Sinnovation Ventures, argues that AI will cause widespread job displacement in coming years.
  • But this in and of itself may be a cause for concern, as public perception regarding jobs and economic prospects in both the U.S. and China will be incredibly important in coming years.

Never mind the singularity; artificial intelligence could eliminate countless jobs, and perhaps reshape global politics in the process.
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