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China’s push into AI is very dangerous, thinks George Soros

Financier and philantropist George Soros thinks that China's AI push is very dangerous (Source: Wired)
Financier and philantropist George Soros (Source: Wired)
Notorious financier and philanthropist George Soros thinks that China's push in the AI field — which involves the plan to overtake the US by 2030 — is a severe threat to open societies. He also said that the social credit system "would give Xi Jinping total control over the people" if it became operational.

Back in 1984, when the first Terminator movie was released, artificial intelligence was still in its infancy, although the market for AI was quite lucrative already. Now, many governments and private entities are pushing huge amounts of money in this field looking to provide better health care, smarter gadgets, and more. However, the primary goal for most corporations is the profit, while the governments are looking for new ways to increase their level of control over the citizens.

Often used as a scapegoat by incompetent governments all over the world, George Soros is not afraid to reveal some truths that many are scared to even think about. In China's case, he said something that is no longer a secret: "I want to call attention to the mortal danger facing open societies from the instruments of control that machine learning and artificial intelligence can put in the hands of repressive regimes." He even mentioned a few times the name of China's president, Xi Jinping, to make everything clear.

Back in 2017, China issued a broad AI strategy that includes a few ambitious goals, the icing on the cake being the goal to leave US behind in this field by 2030. China's social credit system that is currently being developed involves tracking the citizens' financial activity, online interactions, and even energy use, but it does not stop there. The success of this system's implementation depends on the cooperation of private companies like Baidu and Alibaba, but this will probably not be a problem.

As insane as it might be right now, China seems to have a plan and the resources that could turn the regime described in George Orwell's "1984" a reality for a significant percentage of the world's population. Remains to see if the rest of the world can figure out what to do and stop this from happening. 

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-01-25 (Update: 2019-01-25)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.