Lefty Pentagon complains about lefty Big Tech not supporting lefty Washington against lefty Beijing…


China has won AI battle with U.S., Pentagon’s ex-software chief says

“China has won the artificial intelligence battle with the United States and is heading towards global dominance because of its technological advances, the Pentagon’s former software chief told the Financial Times.”

“China, the world’s second largest economy, is likely to dominate many of the key emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and genetics within a decade or so, according to Western intelligence assessments.”

“Nicolas Chaillan, the Pentagon’s first chief software officer who resigned in protest against the slow pace of technological transformation in the U.S. military, said the failure to respond was putting the United States at risk.”

“”We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years. Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over in my opinion,” he told the newspaper.”

Financial Times:

US has already lost AI fight to China, says ex-Pentagon software chief

“Chaillan, 37, who spent three years on a Pentagon-wide effort to boost cyber security and as first chief software officer for the US Air Force, said Beijing is heading for global dominance because of its advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning and cyber capabilities.”

“He argued these emerging technologies were far more critical to America’s future than hardware such as big-budget fifth-generation fighter jets such as the F-35.”

““Whether it takes a war or not is kind of anecdotal,” he said, arguing China was set to dominate the future of the world, controlling everything from media narratives to geopolitics. He added US cyber defences in some government departments were at “kindergarten level”.”

“He also blamed the reluctance of Google to work with the US defence department on AI, and extensive debates over AI ethics for slowing the US down. By contrast, he said Chinese companies are obliged to work with Beijing, and were making “massive investment” into AI without regard to ethics.” (…)

“He acknowledged the US still outspends China by three times on defence, but said the extra cash was immaterial because US procurement costs were so high and spent in the wrong areas, while bureaucracy and overregulation stood in the way of much-needed change at the Pentagon.” (…)

“Michael Groen, a Marine Corps lieutenant general and director of the defence department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, told a conference last week he wanted to field AI across the military in an incremental way, saying its adoption would require a culture shift within the military.” (…)

“Chaillan announced his resignation in a blistering letter at the start of September, saying military officials were repeatedly put in charge of cyber initiatives for which they lacked experience, decrying Pentagon “laggards” and absence of funding.”

““[W]e are setting up critical infrastructure to fail,” he said in his letter, which made only cursory reference to advances by China. “We would not put a pilot in the cockpit without extensive flight training; why would we expect someone with no IT experience to be close to successful? [ . . .]While we wasted time in bureaucracy, our adversaries moved further ahead.””

“Robert Spalding, a retired Air Force brigadier general who served as defence attaché in Beijing, said Chaillan had “rightfully” complained and added he too had resigned early in order to create his own encrypted defence technology solutions after being frustrated by “archaic” systems while flying B-2 stealth bombers at work.”

Is Pentagon trying to get China to relax in the AI arms race?

Is Pentagon exaggerating China’s AI capabilities like the US military exaggerated the nuclear capability of the Soviet Union?

Will Chaillan’s resignation in public be enough for the military to get more of tax payers’ money from Congress?

It’s no doubt that the West got the best semiconductors, the only thing that really matters. Microsoft is building smart goggles for Pentagon and ex-NSA boss Keith Alexander works for Amazon. TSMC and Samsung supports woke Washington.

The Wall Street Journal:

Intel Lands Pentagon Deal to Support Domestic Chip Making

Why is Nicolas Chaillan complaining about Google not supporting Pentagon? The upper echelon at Alphabet probably continues to (secretly) back Pentagon. Army Times:

Pentagon processes ‘antithetical’ to AI development, former Google CEO warns

“The Pentagon’s onerous acquisition pipeline is “antithetical to prioritizing” artificial intelligence and must change if the country hopes to stay ahead of China, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Friday.”

It is possible however that Pentagon currently lacks the expertise one needs to integrate 1) cutting-edge chips, 2) militarized AI, and 3) killer bots. Maybe China really is better at integrating their AI software and subprime chips with domestically produced slaughterbots.

My only cynical priority in the clinically insane 4IR (fourth industrial revolution) is to “support” any empire or corporation that creates non-woke and non-libertine entertainment, as described here. So if Pentagon uses its influence in Hollywood and Silicon Valley to create movies, tv-series and MMORPGs that don’t disrespect cultural conservatives then I will instantly change side and spend all my energy on helping Pentagon instead of fighting it. Right now however it’s good news if it really is true that woke Pentagon lacks the AI capability to dominate the world.

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