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China is “Intelligentizing” its Military With AI 

China is “Intelligentizing” its Military With AI 

The Chinese military’s adoption of artificial intelligence systems could change the future of warfare faster than expected, warned the Pentagon last week in its annual report on the CCP’s military capabilities.

“We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years,” laments Nicolas Chaillan, a former software chief for the Pentagon who resigned over the slow pace of technological advancement in the US. “It is already over in my opinion…Whether it takes a war or not is kind of anecdotal.”

China is outpacing the US for a variety of reasons, including its military-civil fusion efforts, its ability to advance without regard to ethics, and the widespread belief among Americans that China simply cannot surpass the US in terms of technology. 

And then there’s China’s access to (and theft of) American resources. 

According to research analyst Ryan Fedasiuk, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is “intelligentizing” its military with AI-based systems for transportation, decision support, intelligence analysis, electronic warfare, and cyber operations.

“Perhaps most importantly for US policymakers, our investigation into the PLA’s buying habits shows how Chinese process in military AI is being driven, in part, by access to American technology and capital,” wrote Fedasiuk after his team at Georgetown University spent nearly a year analyzing the PLA’s equipment contracts. “This points to serious shortcomings in the US export control system, which wasn’t built to screen the high volume of technology transfer and capital flows into China, and which struggles to distinguish between military and civilian purchasers.”

Most concerning is the PLA’s purchase of AI tools that come ready-to-use, such as autonomous drones, intelligent vehicles, and AI-enabled surveillance software. A full third of 350+ contracts Fedasiuk’s team analyzed involved autonomous vehicles such as fixed-wing drones and rotorcraft. These intelligent aircraft could easily be used to overwhelm Taiwan’s air defenses in an attack against the island.

Ironically, most of the computer chips that power China’s AI systems were designed by American companies like NVIDIA and Intel and manufactured in Taiwan. And many companies that “supply the Chinese military with AI-based battle management and cybersecurity software are financed by US-based venture capital companies,” adds Fedasiuk.

According to Fedasiuk’s research, less than 8% of companies known to  supply the PLA with AI equipment are subject to licensing requirements by the US government. This is something that must change if we are to even the playing field with China.

“Indeed, our research indicates that private companies are the PLA’s main AI equipment suppliers in contrast to the longstanding narrative that China’s defense industry is dominated by bloated, state-owned enterprises.”

Author’s Note: If we do not make serious changes now, it will be too late to stop China from achieving global AI dominance.


We Spent a Year Investigating What the Chinese Army Is Buying. Here’s What We Learned. 

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  1. Rat Wrangler

    Of course we will lose to China if it comes down to a conflict. We have been selling our technology to them for decades, and allowing them to steal more technology for nearly as long. We have essentially financed their entire government with our massive trade deficit with them, as well as assisting them in increasing their manufacturing base while ours diminished. The Holy Bible, in its description of the Last Days, mentions in Revelation 9 that the enemy will field an army of “twice ten thousand times ten thousand”, which equals 200 million men. In our present times, only China can put that many soldiers in the field. The best way to deal with this problem would be to tell them we cannot trade with them any longer until they get rid of their coal-fired power plants. If we make it about climate change, rather than pointing out we are afraid of them, the other nations that trade with China might follow suit. Once China has no money flowing in from external sources, they may not have sufficient funds to support a huge military.

    • Joseph S. Bruder

      EVERYBODY loses in war. We have weapons that could kill most of their population, just like they do. If either side starts a war like that, it will essentially make the whole world almost uninhabitable. There’s a reason why they say “bomb them back to the Stone Age”… except everybody would end up that way, not just one side or the other.

      If, on the other hand, we were to build back our infrastructure that has long been ignored, and at the same time create strategic alliances with China so it’s not in either side’s interests to attack the other, the whole world would be better off. Technology used for something besides war? What a novel thought!

  2. Frank stetson

    Was Patton Old Testament or New? Just kidding.

    I think the jury is still out on the guy who quit and the guy who is selling his new report. But if China is using Taiwan tech, I would gather we have it somewhere too. Of course, having and using are teo different things. But when I see our drones flying, our smart bombs falling, I have to wonder where we are falling short?.

    Previously it was thought China had more men, more equipment, but our equipment was bigger and far better. Like they had many smaller ships, we had like ten times the aircraft carriers.

    If we are falling behind them in ai that would be a huge mistake given by how much we outspend them. Based on the money, no way should we he behind in tech.

    Haven’t heard the military response to this yet, will hold judgement until we do.

    • Dan Tyree

      America is weakened by retard joe

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