Analysts declassify China’s ambitious plan to create AI that surpasses humans
Hundreds of articles over 4 years open the veil of China’s active AI research.
Chinese researchers have published 850 articles on artificial general intelligence (Artificial General Intelligence, AGI) between 2018 and 2022, indicating Beijing’s activity in building a “thinking machine”, including possible research into brain-computer interfaces.
According to recent report According to the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) think tank, Beijing’s efforts in this direction “contrary to emerging global norms, highlighting the need for a serious open source monitoring program to serve as the basis for mitigation.”
The report is based on an analysis of scientific papers covering a range of relevant technologies. It found 500 studies related to AI applications, as well as a significant amount of research into prior AGI technologies. This indicates that China is active in the field of general AI and these claims should be taken seriously.
In 2017, China announced its AGI ambitions for the first time by publishing the document ” Plan for the development of a new generation of artificial intelligence “. One of the goals of the plan was to establish China as a leader in AI. The CSET report confirms the successful progress of this plan.
It is noted that the main research efforts in the field of AGI are concentrated in the universities of Beijing. However, this does not exclude the possibility of scientific breakthroughs in other regions of the country. In particular, the city of Wuhan is mentioned as a potential center for the development and testing of AGI technologies.
In addition, the report indicates that China is investigating various approaches to AGI, including the possible use of brain-computer interfaces.
The authors of the report express concern that the world community may underestimate China’s progress in the field of AGI due to the lack of transparency and openness of its scientific research. This can lead to misunderstandings and unreasonable political decisions.
At the end of the report, US policymakers are advised to consider that competitors are aware of the strategic importance of AGI and the importance of developing this technology first. In doing so, it is important to avoid unilateral restrictions and trust agreements that cannot be verified, as they can present risks comparable to those of an unrestricted race to develop AGI.