The Future of AI

Are the U.S. and China really in an AI race?

Chinese and American scientists and businessmen inside of an old computer

Today: lessons learned from our big series unpacking the narratives that surround the development of AI in the U.S. and China, why Twilio flew too close to the sun, and Nvidia plots a way around new U.S. export controls.

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This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows schoolchildren walking below surveillance cameras in Akto, south of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. - While Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with early morning prayers and festivities this week, the recent destruction of dozens of mosques in Xinjiang highlights the increasing pressure Uighurs and other ethnic minorities face in the heavily-policed region. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) / To go with AFP story China-politics-rights-religion-Xinjiang, FOCUS by Eva Xiao and Pak Yiu (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

How the US approach to China allows it to avoid hard AI questions

As national security framing and fears of China’s AI advancements propel U.S. AI policy, some human rights watchdogs worry it will facilitate a focus on AI investments with military applications, and allow the U.S. to deflect scrutiny for its own AI practices.

Kai-Fu Lee, founder of Sinovation Ventures, at a Bloomberg panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2018.

Kai-Fu Lee tried to teach the US about Chinese AI and got a rivalry

World-renowned researcher and investor Kai-Fu Lee wanted to spread knowledge about AI in China with the U.S. so both countries could succeed. Now he may be forced to live by a different philosophy.

BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 18: (CHINA OUT) Students graduate during a ceremony held for 3,768 master and 898 doctorates being given out at the Tsinghua University on July 18, 2007 in Beijing, China. China faces a major challenge in meeting its goal of creating nine million jobs this year, according to Tian Chengping, Minister of Labour and Social Security. Approximately five million college graduates, the largest number in history, will enter the job market this year, in addition to surplus rural labourers swarming into cities for work. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

The US could alienate the Chinese AI talent it wants to attract

Profit goals and nationalistic rhetoric clouded the collaborative environment that helped advance U.S. AI research. Now the goodwill fostered among Chinese students eager to study in the U.S. could be faltering.

Microsoft's Beijing office

How Microsoft helped build AI in China

As “AI race” rhetoric reinforces fear of the U.S. losing dominance on the world stage, Microsoft could face hard decisions surrounding the robust AI ecosystem it helped build in China.

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Will nationalism end the golden age of global AI collaboration?

Until now, the borderless, open-source software movement that has helped bring together AI developers and tech from the U.S. and China has risen above geopolitical tensions. Could national security crackdowns tear it apart?

Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt speaks to CEO and editor of the FP Group David Rothkopf after receiving the Diplomat of the Year Award in 2017.

Why Eric Schmidt became an AI cold war hype master

A prominent private-sector voice amplifying rhetoric that pits the U.S. against China in a battle for AI supremacy, Schmidt’s borrowing from a Cold War-era playbook to urge the government toward decisions the AI industry wants it to make.