What happens if China masters AI first?
Chinese proposals mandating AI reinforce socialist values and viewpoints make the technology more dangerous to humanity, China researcher Gordon Chang says.
Chinese Communist Party socialist values reinforced through artificial intelligence are a threat to humanity, but the country’s restrictions on the technology may also hamper its development, China expert Gordon Chang told Fox News.
“Artificial intelligence poses a direct threat to humanity, but it’ll become even more a threat to humanity if China masters it before we do,” said Chang. “We see this, for instance, in the gene editing of humans.”
The Cyberspace Administration of China recently proposed AI measures to ensure the technology supports socialist values. (Xinhua/Shen Hong via Getty Images)
“China is racing ahead on that while we restrict ourselves,” he continued.
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The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) proposed measures last week to ensure that developers create AI that adheres to socialist values and does not disrupt economic or social order. Providers who fail to comply will be fined, required to suspend services or even face criminal investigations, according to the CAC.
“The problem with China, though, is that when you talk about artificial intelligence like ChatGPT, they got a politically repressive system that relies on censorship,” Chang told Fox News. “AI [is] not going to necessarily react too well to that.”
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman speaks during a keynote address announcing ChatGPT integration for Bing at Microsoft. (Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images)
“So they’ve got to restrict their AI in ways that undermine their ability to be a leader,” he continued.
Some consumer artificial intelligence products, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, are banned in China.
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As a result, Chinese tech firms like Alibaba, Baidu and others have created bots to rival ChatGPT.
China also has some major advantages when it comes to AI, Chang told Fox News.
The Alibaba booth during the 2022 World Artificial Intelligence Conference. (VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
“China has really great AI capabilities, but they’ve got one built-in advantage and that is AI works better with more data,” he said.
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The U.S., in comparison, does “not allow everyone just to collect information like crazy,” Chang said.
“This is just an arms race, and unfortunately, China is lowering the standards across the planet,” he continued.
To watch the full interview with Chang, click here.
Jon Michael Raasch is an associate producer/writer with Fox News Digital Originals.