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NIO EP9 Claims to be World’s Fastest Autonomous Electric Super Car

In Season 3 Episode 6 of the Grand Tour, I saw some aerial photography of one of China's largest/megalopolis cities and was introduced to the NIO EP9. The NIO EP9 is faster than most gasoline-powered supercars and cheaper than half of them. I am impressed and a bit concerned about how the USA will compete with China. Jump to the link and be sure to watch the Circuit of America’s (the first US Formula 1 race track in decades) video…

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The security implications of China’s AI Strategy

Understanding China's AI Strategy by Gregory C. Allen In the second half of 2018, I traveled to China on four separate trips to attend major diplomatic, military, and private-sector conferences focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI). During these trips, I participated in a series of meetings with high-ranking Chinese officials in China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, leaders of China’s military AI research organizations, government think tank experts, and corporate executives at Chinese AI companies. From these discussions – as well as…

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Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It by David Samuels A friend of mine, who runs a large television production company in the car-mad city of Los Angeles, recently noticed that his intern, an aspiring filmmaker from the People’s Republic of China, was walking to work. When he offered to arrange a swifter mode of transportation, she declined. When he asked why she explained that she “needed the steps” on her Fitbit to sign in to…

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A story about how GO playing machines spurred China’s AI mission

The AI Cold War That Threatens Us All by GEORGIA PERRY In Beijing, the machine’s victory cracked the air like a warning shot. That impression was only reinforced when, over the next few months, the Obama administration published a series of reports grappling with the benefits and risks of AI. The papers made a series of recommendations for government action, both to stave off potential job losses from automation and to invest in the development of machine learning. A group…

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digithoughts: Retracting “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory” Ira Glass: I have difficult news. We’ve learned that Mike Daisey’s story about Apple in China - which we broadcast in January - contained significant fabrications. We’re retracting the story because we can’t vouch for its truth. 1. Shame about such a great podcast/performance. I held my breath for the whole episode. Now, I of course feel bad for Mr. Glass, but I don’t think any less of HIM for this.  The…

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