FBI director ‘deeply concerned’ about China’s AI program

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday he was “deeply concerned” about the Chinese government’s artificial intelligence program, claiming it was “not constrained by the rule of law.”

Speaking at a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Lei said Beijing’s AI ambitions “are built on the vast amount of intellectual property and sensitive data stolen over the years. ‘ said.

Left unchecked, China could use advances in artificial intelligence to fuel hacking activities, theft of intellectual property, and suppression of domestic and international dissidents, he said.

“That’s something we are deeply concerned about. I think everyone here should be deeply concerned,” he said.

More broadly, “AI is the classic example of a technology that I get the same reaction every time. And I think, ‘Oh my God, they can do that. “

Such concerns have long been expressed by US officials.For example, in October 2021, US counterintelligence officials will issued a warning China’s ambitions in AI, as part of a new effort to inform business executives, academics, and local and state government officials about the risks of accepting Chinese investment and expertise in key industries.

Earlier that year, the AI ​​Commission, led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, urged the United States to beef up its AI skills to counter China, including pursuing “AI-enabled” weapons.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wray’s comments on Thursday. attacked the intelligence services of


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