In the coming years, artificial intelligence could fuel tensions between the United States and China, argues quantitative futurist, Amy Webb. Today, nine giant corporations—six American, three Chinese—control the bulk of the data and advances in computing that underpin these technologies. But while the US tech titans face little oversight and report primarily to shareholders, the Chinese government closely supervises the work of its tech companies, guiding research and investment in ways that are beneficial to the state. With competition between these superpowers intensifying, will China’s centralized, top-down approach give it the edge in the race for technological supremacy? How can the White House, Pentagon, and Silicon Valley craft a shared national strategy for AI?
Copies of Amy Webb’s latest book, The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity, will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.