Fear of being overtaken by China, the US government will review Sino US AI cooperation

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 Fear of being overtaken by China, the US government will review Sino US AI cooperation


NetEase news April 29th, according to VentureBeat, according to VentureBeat, the US government may begin to examine the informal partnership between American companies and Chinese companies in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). For technology companies, these practices have long been regarded as the practice of technology development. Four people familiar with the matter said that so far, the US governments review of national security and other issues is limited to investment transactions and corporate acquisitions. But the scope of its review may be expanded (perhaps expedient, until Congress ordered strict restrictions on investment in China) and is now being driven by U.S. congressmen and some officials from the Trump administration, who worry that more intellectual property and technology are transferred to China. These sources say AI is a very special technology area, because the technology has potential for military purposes. Other areas that could be covered by the new regulation include semiconductors and driverless cars. These considerations are still at an early stage, so it is not clear whether they will continue to push forward and what informal corporate relations will be examined by this new initiative. The nature of the informal business relationship is different. For example, the US chip maker NVIDIA launched a new graphics processing unit last year to provide power for data centers, video games and encrypted money mining. NVIDIA said the company has provided samples to 30 AI scientists, including three experts who are working with the Chinese government. 3 experts from the company have been selected. The United States government can intervene in such cooperation by invoking the international emergency economic power act (IEEPA) through Trumps executive order. It said the move would allow us government agencies to gain broader power, allowing them to stop or examine the informal partnership between Chinese and American companies, Chinas investment in the American Technology Corp, or Chinas acquisition of real estate near a sensitive military location in the United States. A source said: I believe that if there is no stronger (regulatory) mechanism, Chinese enterprises will become more powerful. They will challenge our company in 10 to 15 years. JamesLewis, a former foreign official and a research fellow at the center for international strategy and research, said that if IEEPA was started, US government officials (including Treasury officials) could use it to get any information they wanted and currently do not belong to the regulatory regime. A White House official said they would not comment on speculation about the internal administrative policy discussion, but added: we are worried about China made 2025, especially in AI. China made 2025 is an industrial plan that outlines Chinas ambition to become a market leader in 10 key areas, such as semiconductors, robots, drugs, equipment and intelligent environmental vehicles. Last month, the White House proposed a new tariff on intellectual property theft against China. This prompted the Chinese government to take retaliatory measures to impose sanctions against the United States. Although CFIUS may review trade related to national security and involve foreign ownership, the informal partnership may be regulated by the revised export control measures, the sources said. To be sure, the Trump administration may change its mind and invoke the emergency bill. They added that many people inside the Treasury were not too enthusiastic about invoking the emergency bill because they preferred to focus on modifying the rules through CFIUS. Analysts generally believe that Chinese and American enterprises will be locked in the two-way competition and strive to become global leaders in the field of AI. The data from EurasiaGroup, a consulting firm, shows that although American technology giants such as Google, Alphabet, are now in the lead, Chinese companies like Internet service providers, Baidu, have made significant progress. For us chipmakers, very few companies like NVIDIA become synonymous with technology. NVIDIA is one of the top manufacturers in the world to produce highly sophisticated chips for AI machines. There is no evidence that the activities of NVIDIA are a threat to national security, such as providing access to trade secrets and making graphics processing units. NVIDIA also said it had no joint venture in China. The company said in a statement that its cooperation projects in China include training Chinese scientists and enabling HUAWEI and other companies to get in touch with the latest technology in advance. The purpose of these cooperation is to get feedback from the chips in China. We pay great attention to the protection of our proprietary technology and intellectual property, and we do not give the core differentiation technology to any company anywhere in the world, he said. Qualcomm did not respond to requests for comment, while AMD and IBM declined to comment. NVIDIA is by no means the only technology giant in the US who provides expertise to China, and is not the only chipmaker. But it is clearly the concern of China. Last year, when Chinas Ministry of science and technology consulted for research projects, one of its goals was to develop chips that were 20 times faster than NVIDIA. Lewis said: five years ago, there was no need to worry. However, due to changes in the political and technological background, this has become a worrying problem. (small) source of this article: NetEase science and technology report editor: Wang Fengzhi _NT2541 NVIDIA also said it had no joint venture in China. The company said in a statement that its cooperation projects in China include training Chinese scientists and enabling HUAWEI and other companies to get in touch with the latest technology in advance. The purpose of these cooperation is to get feedback from the chips in China. We pay great attention to the protection of our proprietary technology and intellectual property, and we do not give the core differentiation technology to any company anywhere in the world, he said. Qualcomm did not respond to requests for comment, while AMD and IBM declined to comment. NVIDIA is by no means the only technology giant in the US who provides expertise to China, and is not the only chipmaker. But it is clearly the concern of China. Last year, when Chinas Ministry of science and technology consulted for research projects, one of its goals was to develop chips that were 20 times faster than NVIDIA. Lewis said: five years ago, there was no need to worry. However, due to changes in the political and technological background, this has become a worrying problem. (small)