Overhyping a US-China “AI Arms Race”

Reaping Profits for Big Tech and Venture Capital

Imagine yourself in Taiwan—living a nightmare of epic proportions.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army, two million strong, invades Taipei in the dead of winter. Within hours, it assumes control over the island’s other major cities, steadily moving south. Technologies enabled with artificial intelligence (AI) help China’s military synchronize its air, sea, and land forces. The invaders overwhelmed the Taiwanese army, evading its high-tech defense systems and outmaneuvering American troops stationed in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Roberto J. González is chair of the Anthropology Department at San José State University and author of War Virtually: The Quest to Automate Conflict, Militarize Data, and Predict the Future (University of California Press, 2022).

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